This post was originally published on 7 February 2016.
Counter-terrorism agreements and business treaties will be high on the agenda as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visits India later this week.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed will begin his three-day official visit on Wednesday. He is expected to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is also expected to visit Mumbai, where he and the delegation accompanying him are expected to discuss investments in sectors like railways, housing, ports, roads and renewable energy. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi will be accompanied by a high-profile delegation, including a number of sheikhs, ministers, senior officials, businesspersons and economists.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed will discuss with senior Indian officials ways to strengthen cooperation and friendship between the two countries “in the light of continuous coordination and consultations regarding regional and international issues of mutual concern”.
Fourth high-level engagement since last August
This will be the fourth high-level engagement since last August between the two countries. Modi’s trip to the UAE in August last year was followed by the visit of UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to New Delhi in September. Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley then visited the UAE in November to discuss proposed investments.
This will be Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed’s first official visit to India and comes five months after Modi visited the UAE.
A landmark visit by Indian Prime Minister
In August, Modi visited the UAE, making him the first Indian prime minister to visit the country in 30 years. The two-day visit was seen as a success, with a number of agreements signed by the two governments.
The two sides agreed to coordinate efforts to counter radicalisation and misuse of religion by groups and countries for “inciting hatred, perpetrating and justifying terrorism or pursuing political aims”. As part of this agreement, the two sides agreed to facilitate regular exchanges of religious scholars and intellectuals, and organise conferences and seminars to promote values of peace, tolerance, inclusiveness and welfare that is inherent in all religions.
The two sides also agreed to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean region.