‘Zayed planted seeds of UAE-India friendship’

New Delhi: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is arriving in the UAE, a prominent Indian minister has paid glowing tributes to Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, and his pioneering role in planting the seeds of UAE-India friendship.

Several plans are being prepared to celebrate the Year of Zayed in India and there is a growing awareness here of the commemoration of Shaikh Zayed’s legacy.

Suresh Prabhu, India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, praised Shaikh Zayed’s vision, which has transformed the UAE into a modern nation today. In a conversation with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Prabhu described the bilateral relations between the UAE and India as the “best ever”.

“They are realising Shaikh Zayed’s vision in the centenary year of his birth,” said Prabhu, who was in Abu Dhabi less than a month ago for the fifth meeting of the UAE-India joint task force on investments.

“Masdar is an outstanding example of new-age technology being used and promoted in the UAE, reflecting the country’s vision for the future,” the Indian minister told a visiting group of journalists from the UAE. He said political and diplomatic relations between the two countries were excellent, and that his challenge as Commerce and Industry Minister is to extend the same excellence to economic relations.

Prabhu recently chaired a meeting in Kampala, Uganda, with his counterparts from Japan and the UK to promote joint exports. “A similar partnership with the UAE for multilateral economic initiatives is being planned,” he added.


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