Last updated: Feb, 2014
India and Middle Eastern countries have a long history of amicable relations. India has pursued its strategic interests, primarily energy, with countries in the Middle East. The exchange of high-level visits across countries has strengthened bilateral ties between India and the Middle East. The last decade witnessed increasing numbers of visits by Indian officials to Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Israel and also Palestine. These initiatives were reciprocated through India visits by the leaders and high-ranking officials from the Middle East.
Over the years, India’s focus has been to maintain relations with the UAE. UAE has emerged as the largest trading and investing partner from the region for India. India has signed various agreements with the UAE, which are focussed on business, culture, employment, civil aviation and enhancing people-topeople interactions.
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