Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a busy schedule in the UAE, with meetings lined up with the country's leaders, the Indian community and businessmen, India's envoy here has said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Gujarat later this month, in what will be his second visit to the state after the Assembly elections in December.
Modi earlier said this region is a key priority to India's external engagement. Some appreciated India's support for the Palestinians at the United Nations despite all the publicity around the personal chemistry between Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu. After a courtesy call on King Abdullah II and senior officials in Amman, he will ride a helicopter to Ramallah, the de-facto capital of Palestine on Saturday, since Palestine has no active airports. "I look forward to strengthening India's growing and important ties with West Asia and the Gulf region through the visit", Modi had said in his departure statement.
For this reason, many have accused India of hypocrisy for heavily supporting Israel while falsely claiming to back Palestinian statehood.
Modi will be accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah during the ceremony.
Kumar stated that Modi's first engagement tomorrow evening will be a meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, where new bilateral agreements will be signed.
Modi will then be received by President Abbas before the ceremonial welcome at the Muqata'a.
The visit comes weeks after Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to New Delhi.
"A new aspect of India's economic relations with the UAE is that inbound investments are now going not only to major areas of infrastructure but also to ensuring that their developmental benefits are passed on to individuals at the bottom of our society".
The UAE is home to more than 3.5 million Indians - the biggest Indian diaspora in the world, and 1,706 flights weekly operate between the two countries.