PM Narendra Modi to visit Gulf countries; space, defence and trade cooperation in focus

As part of India’s outreach to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving on a three-nation tour later this week. The visit comes close on the heel of the recent revocation of article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

During his visit to UAE and Bahrain from Aug 23-25, the issues on the table include space, military, maritime security as well as strengthening trade and economic relations. Also, an MoU will be inked in both UAE and Bahrain allowing the Indian travellers to use RuPay card.

 

Briefing the media persons ahead of Prime Minister’s visit to two Gulf countries including UAE, Bahrain en route to France for the G-7 summit, Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (External Relations) TS Tirumurti said that “We have excellent relations with the Islamic world. And our engagement with Gulf and Arab countries are extremely robust and at an all-time high.

 

In the UAE, both Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and are expected to discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. The two leaders are also expected to review cooperation in the space, military, maritime security as well as economic relations. And, Modi will receive the Order of Zayed, which is the highest civil decoration of that country. This award was conferred earlier in April 2019 in recognition of his leadership which gave a big boost to India-UAE bilateral relations. The award acquires special significance as it was awarded in the year of the birth centenary of Shaikh Zayed, the founder of UAE.