Visit of India’s External Affairs Minister to the United Arab Emirates

India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S. Jaishankar paid an official visit to the UAE on 23 June 2024.

The visit follows the recent meeting between Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and UAE President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the margins of the G7 Summit in Apulia, Italy.

During the visit, EAM met with his counterpart Foreign Minister of UAE HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Both Ministers reviewed the multi-faceted India-UAE Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and expressed happiness at the substantive progress in diverse areas of bilateral cooperation including commercial and economic collaboration, fintech, education, culture, and people-to-people connect.

They also discussed new areas with untapped potential for further enhancing collaboration.

Further, they also exchanged views on regional and global issues.

During the visit, EAM participated in the celebrations of the 10th International Day of Yoga in Abu Dhabi at Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.

The event, which was organised by the Embassy in partnership with Louvre Abu Dhabi, witnessed the presence of multiple nationalities.

EAM also visited the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, which was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on 14 February 2024.

Also,, the EAM expressed appreciation that the Mandir has become an iconic cultural destination in the UAE with a large number of daily visitors.

In less than 4 months, the Mandir has received one million visitors.

EAM’s visit to the UAE, within two weeks of his re-appointment, signifies the importance India attaches to its relations with the country.

The visit marks the continuation of high-level contact between the two countries.

Since July 2023, PM Narendra Modi has visited the UAE thrice and UAE President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed has visited India twice.

Last year, we have also witnessed important milestones in our bilateral relations like the implementation of a local currency trade settlement agreement, the launch of UAE’s domestic credit/debit card based on India’s RuPay card stack, the setting up of a campus of IIT Delhi in Abu Dhabi, fintech collaboration, and commencement of work on IMEEC, among others.