Official visit of Indian External Affairs Minister to United Arab Emirates (10-12 November, 2014)

Smt Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs and Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs is paying an official visit to the United Arab Emirates(UAE) on 10-12 November 2014 at the invitation of her UAE counterpart, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This is her first official visit to UAE, during which she will interact with the top UAE leadership. The two sides will discuss bilateral, regional and other issues of mutual interest. She will also interact with the Indian community in UAE.

India enjoys close and multifaceted comprehensive partnership with UAE. Our well-balanced bilateral trade amounted to US$ 59 billion in 2013-14. UAE was our largest trading partner in 2012-13. It is the eleventh largest investor in India in terms of foreign direct investments. It contributes significantly to India's energy security and is the sixth largest supplier of crude oil to India.

About 2.6 million strong and vibrant Indian community forms the largest expatriate group in the UAE. Their positive and well-appreciated contribution in the development of their host country has been an important anchor of our excellent bilateral engagement.

India has vital stakes in the security and stability of the Gulf region, which hosts over seven million Indians. This region is also the source of nearly two-third of India’s crude oil requirements and is our largest trading partner.

New Delhi
7 November, 2014

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