Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, spoke on the phone on Thursday to discussed ways to increase ties between their respective countries.
The two exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments and global issues of mutual interest.
They reviewed the latest developments on Covid-19 worldwide and how to increase co-operation between the UAE and India to combat the virus.
Sheikh Mohamed congratulated Mr Modi on India’s Republic Day, which is marked on January 26, and wished him and his people further development, stability and prosperity.
The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince spoke of the strong ties between the UAE and India and the Emirates’ wish to develop them further, especially in the economic, trade, technology, and energy, in the interest of the two populations.
Mr Modi thanked Sheikh Mohamed for his good wishes and reciprocated the desire to boost bilateral ties.
Ties between the UAE and India are generational and deep, having established diplomatic relations a year after the country was founded, in 1972.
Today, more than three million Indians call the UAE home.
Annual trade between the countries is estimated at about $60 billion, making the UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner.
Mr Modi previously described building closer ties with the UAE as one of India’s greatest foreign policy achievements. He has visited the UAE three times in four years and received the Order of Zayed, the nation’s highest civilian award, from Sheikh Mohamed in August 2019.
Sheikh Mohamed was the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in 2017, his second visit to the country in less than a year.
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Published: January 28, 2021 09:19 PM