NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with top CEOs, thought leaders and influencers in Paris on July 13 while he visits Abu Dhaka, United Arab Emirates on his way back to India. Than made a day visit.
While the list of chief executives, leaders and influencers is about to be finalized, the French Republic is ready to give visiting dignitaries the royal treatment as President Emmanuel Macron awaits his friend and close ally Prime Minister Narende La Mody’s visit.
It is understood that Prime Minister Modi will stop in Abu Dhabi on his way back to India and meet with President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to further consolidate the bilateral relationship with the UAE. India’s close engagement with the Middle East entered a new dimension when Prime Minister Modi paid a bilateral visit to Egypt on his return from the US last month. Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday met Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al Isa, former Saudi attorney general and secretary-general of the Muslim World League, and discussed developments in the Islamic world. Dr Issa is a supporter of moderate Islam and is said to be very close to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.
India, France and the UAE are part of a trilateral cooperation initiative announced in New York on September 19, 2022, with Abu Dhabi being part of a strong defense cooperation nexus between the three countries. At the height of the global pandemic, the UAE allowed its Airbus 330 tankers to refuel Rafale fighter jets en route from France to India. Last month, India, France and the UAE participated in the first trilateral naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman on June 7, 2023. The aircraft carrier “Takash”, the French ship “Sucouf” with helicopters, the “Rafale” fighter jets and UAE Navy maritime patrol aircraft participated in the exercise. An initiative to ensure the security of the Indian Ocean from traditional and non-traditional threats in the marine environment. The basic idea behind the trilateral exercise is to secure commercial trade sea lanes and allow freedom of navigation. France has close military and political ties with the UAE and maintains a permanent base in Al Dhafra to defend against air and missile threats to Abu Dhabi by state and non-state actors.
Although Modi’s government is tight-lipped about the Abu Dhabi station, it is understood that he will spend almost a day in the UAE on July 15, as the two countries, along with the United States and Saudi Arabia, also plan to jointly develop a rail network to avoid taking up other major Middle Eastern railway stations. infrastructure.