There is much anticipation of the upcoming visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to India January 2017. Their visit will fall on the Republic Day Celebrations (viewed as another sign of the strengthening bi-lateral relations between the two countries).
According to Neeta Bhushan (Charge d’ Affaires at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi) “Since the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE in August last year and a subsequent four day visit by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed in February this year, Indo-UAE relations have become much closer and stronger”.
“India and UAE have a centuries-old bilateral partnership. During the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UAE in August 2015, both sides agreed to elevate our bilateral relations to a new comprehensive strategic partnership. This was followed by the visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to India in February 2016,” said Bhushan. India’s Republic Day is on January 26.
India and UAE had historical ties but however, no Indian prime minister has recently visited the UAE in over three decades. The last visit was 1981.
“Though the historic relationship between UAE and India has been strong with a legacy dating back to centuries, but in recent years it has gone to a totally different height. Especially after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit last year followed by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed’s visit earlier this year, suddenly the Indo-UAE relations have become much closer and stronger, and this can only become better in coming years,” said Yousuf Ali M.A, Chairman of Lulu Group and Abu Dhabi Chamber Board member.