India TV Reports on the Recent Statements of Foreign Secretary Kwatra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to travel to Doha, Qatar on February 14, following his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The purpose of his visit to Qatar is to discuss ways to further strengthen the overall ties between the two countries. This will be Modi’s second visit to Qatar, and the bilateral trade between India and Qatar currently stands at $20 billion.

Notably, this visit holds significance as Qatar has recently released all eight former Indian Navy personnel who were awarded death sentences on charges of espionage.

PM Modi’s visit to the UAE marks his seventh visit to the country since 2015 and the third in the last eight months. During his visit, he will hold bilateral meetings with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE. The two leaders will discuss ways to deepen and strengthen the strategic partnership between the countries, as well as exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Additionally, Modi will meet with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Defence Minister of the UAE. He will participate in the World Government Summit 2024 as a Guest of Honour and deliver a special keynote address. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the BAPS Mandir, the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, and address the Indian community in the UAE at an event in Zayed Sports City.

India and the UAE share warm, close, and multi-faceted relations, underpinned by strong political, cultural, and economic linkages. The bilateral relations between the two countries were elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership following Prime Minister Modi’s visit in 2015. The UAE is among India’s top trading partners, with a bilateral trade of about US$85 billion in 2022-23. The UAE is also one of the top four investors in India in terms of foreign direct investments.

The Indian community in the UAE, consisting of about 3.5 million individuals, forms the largest expatriate group in the country. Their positive contributions to the development of the UAE have been an important aspect of the bilateral engagement between India and the UAE.

In conclusion, Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming visits to Qatar and the UAE signify the efforts to strengthen ties, promote trade, and enhance cooperation between India and these Gulf nations.

Olivia Morgan

Olivia Morgan is an accomplished journalist with over 15 years of experience in reporting and analyzing global events. Born and raised in London, Olivia's passion for international affairs was sparked during her university years when she studied journalism and political science.
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