Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar cited the UAE’s role as India’s third largest trading partner and home to the largest number of Indian expatriates as the reason behind his optimistic view of the relationship between the two nations.
Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar opened the 2022 India Global Forum in the UAE on Monday. The IGF is a five-day gala event that brings together leading political, business and cultural personalities from India, the United Arab Emirates and around the world.
“When I look at the return of history and the relations that will continue in the coming days, I would certainly place the relationship between India and the UAE in it very highly,” said Jaishankar in his keynote address.
Jaishankar cited the UAE’s role as India’s third largest trading partner and home to the largest number of Indian expatriates as the reason behind his optimistic view of the relationship between the two nations. “Whether we talk about people or business, this country has a special salience in our perspectives,” he added.
The Foreign Minister described India and UAE as two countries who want to use their history and existing relationship to not only survive in a changing world, but also shape it.
“So it’s a very ambitious relationship in many ways because it’s not really constrained by its bilateral capabilities,” Jaishankar said. “But I’m confident that as we get deeper into the relationship, it will be felt on a global level as well.”
The IGF is the first major international event following India’s ascent to the G20 Presidency and will be held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from December 12-16.
India formally assumed the presidency of the G20 on 1 December.
Spanning the breadth of India-UAE bilateral relations, climate finance, technology and investment, the IGF will also be an opportunity to discuss India’s global ambitions and its presidency of the G20 amid challenging geopolitical scenarios.
In his speech, Jaishankar also said that the talks at the IGF touched on hot topics such as aerospace, education, artificial intelligence, health and start-ups in addition to the traditional discussions of trade, investment and energy.
The forum also provides opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs from both countries to collaborate for regional and global impact.
“It is more important than ever for countries, companies and influencers to find common ground and work towards positive outcomes for global impact. Our UAE edition of the India Global Forum, the first major global event following India’s emergence as G20 President, will enable just that,” said Prof. Manoj Ladwa, Founder and Chairman of the India Global Forum.
With input from PTI.
(Edited by : Ayushi Agarwal)