Abu Dhabi Prince to Visit India on Wednesday


New Delhi:  At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will pay his first visit to India from 10-12 February. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including ministers, senior officials and captains of industry.

During the forthcoming visit, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi will call on President Pranab Mukherjee and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi on issues of mutual interest.

The visit follows the visit of Prime Minister Modi to UAE in August 2015, during which the two countries agreed to elevate the relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

India and UAE have historically enjoyed close and friendly relations anchored on mutually beneficial commercial exchanges and extensive people to people contacts.

India’s well-balanced bilateral trade amounted to US$ 59 billion in 2014-15, making UAE its third largest trading partner. UAE is among the largest investors in India in terms of foreign direct investments as it contributes significantly to India’s energy security and is the sixth largest supplier of crude oil to India in 2014-15.

About 2.6 million strong and vibrant Indian community forms the largest expatriate group in UAE. Their positive and well-appreciated contribution in the development of their host country has been an important anchor of our excellent bilateral engagement.

India has vital stakes in the security and stability of the Gulf region, which hosts over seven million Indians. This region is also the source of nearly two-third of India’s crude oil requirements and is our largest trading partner.