India highly values the support being offered by the UAE on different global forays and the partnership is a ‘win-win’ for both nations, Indian minister Piyush Goyal said in an interview to Khaleej Times.
“There can be no better testimony to the wonderful relationship, which India shares with the UAE than the fact that His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will be in India as the chief guest for our Republic Day. That’s truly a solemn occasion for India and it’s a great honour for us that His Highness will be in India.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Crown Prince share a very personal bond and a very close relationship,” Goyal, Minister of State with independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy and mines, said during an exclusive chat in Abu Dhabi.
Highlighting the contributions of non-resident Indians (NRIs) to this relationship, he said that “large numbers of Indians who work and contribute to the UAE’s economy and development are also a big testimony to this relationship”.
“The fact that a number of the UAE companies have invested in India is also a testimony to their confidence in India. So, it’s a win-win partnership for both countries and its people,” he added. “The ties with the UAE are important for a variety of reasons and not just investments. It’s more about people-to-people relationships. Every Indian who comes here contributes to the UAE. Every investment the UAE does in India, contributes to India’s development.”
The Crown Prince’s delegation
During the three days of his visit to India, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is to be accompanied by a high-level delegation of industry leaders, senior government officials and ministers.
Additionally, a 200-strong contingent of the UAE’s Air Force will be in India for the event to march at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26.