PM Narendra Modi’s UAE visit: quick take

India & UAE decided to coordinate efforts to counter radicalization and misuse of religion by groups.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: August 18, 2015 11:44 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Arab Emirates has scored big on three fronts – terror, trade and outreach to the blue-collared Indian expatriate community.

While substance was evident in these three counts, his symbolic outreach to Muslims – in his maiden visit to an Islamic country – by visiting the Sheikh Zayed mosque and praising the inherent tenets of Islam was music to many.

Now, the substance.

Firstly, on counter-terrorism cooperation:

India and the UAE decided to call on all countries to dismantle terrorism infrastructure where they exist and bring perpetrators of terrorism to justice.

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This is a significant statement, especially since Pakistan is the unnamed country in this common ground. And the fact that fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim is known to have assets in the UAE and is reportedly seen in that country, this is a major step forward.

So, while the two countries condemned efforts by countries to use religion or justify, support and sponsor terrorism against others, they decided to coordinate efforts to counter radicalization and misuse of religion by groups.

And, to buttress cooperation against terrorism, money-laundering and drug trafficking, they decided to have a security dialogue between the National Security Advisors of the two countries. The NSAs  will meet, as frequently as every six months.

Secondly, trade and investments.

With Modi wooing the UAE’s investors for the infrastructure projects and opportunities upto a trillion-dollar potential, the two sides were able to establish the UAE-India Infrastructure Investment Fund, with the aim of reaching a target of USD 75 billion to support investment in India’s plans for rapid expansion of next generation infrastructure, especially in railways, ports, roads, airports and industrial corridors and parks.

Also, they agreed to facilitate participation of Indian companies in infrastructure development in the UAE and promote strategic partnership in the energy sector.

Thirdly, the Prime Minister’s outreach to the blue-collared skilled workers in the UAE – where they constitute almost 2.6 million – is a politically astute move. He visited the Indian workers’ camp in Abu Dhabi and addressed the community in Dubai was meant to invoke the pride in India, and the UAE government allotted a land for a temple – as a gesture to reach out to the new Modi government.

This visit, which was planned at a fairly short notice, has also gone a step forward to mollify any misgivings in the Islamic world and the community – as Modi plans a visit to Israel later this year or early next year.

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    Karunakaran
    Aug 18, 2015 at 4:49 am
    People should know that individual urances from a Muslim country on terror etc do not hold much value. These should be seen from the prism of OIC - which is near anonymous on who they want to support on Kashmir. UAE was one of only three countries that recognised the Taliban government of Afghanistan (the other two were Saudi and Pak). UAE's rulers hardly have any interest in investing in India. But there half a dozen Indians who have made some money and are eager to win great concessions - like free land (as was provided to IT companies). So they invested all the money in Dubai for the show of the foreign junkets joker.
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      Murthy
      Aug 18, 2015 at 2:42 am
      Gulf Arabs Emirates are development oriented. The Emir of Dubai in the photo has written a good book on building a sound Economy and maintaining it. I wish IE will publish extracts from that book - the portions relevant to India. UAE also appreciates India's policy of non-interference and non-comment over UAE's policies. Issues of welfare of Indian workers are resolved through friendly and regular contacts with UAE's officials. Above all, UAE Arabs are wary of Wahabi and stani versions of Islam.
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        mcthakrar
        Aug 18, 2015 at 1:16 am
        Modi is doing what no other Indian leader has ever done. A muslim contry supporting India is whar never heard of.
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          Premjoy Babu
          Aug 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm
          A politician in true sense of the term. No Indian Prime-"minister has achieved success as much as Modi during their foreign tours. He is a people's Prime-Minister as he always thinks for the poor & downtrodden as well as about all round developments of the country. A astute diplomate like him is rarely seen in India. The contents of his marathon speech speak volumes of his talents as a true political leader who vows to die serving the country.
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            undefined
            Aug 18, 2015 at 4:51 am
            This country is Arab country and they are not stanis of Islamic Republic of stan.
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              Sidney Sridhar
              Aug 18, 2015 at 4:48 am
              This is a very positive development. Rather than focusing on stan bashing, Modi has taken the high ground and charmed his hosts in UAE. If there was any doubts, UAE will now be totally convinced that India is serious about its development agenda and UAE, as smart businessmen, do not take sides and merely look ahead. UAE is pivotal because of its strategic location in the Gulf and the return of Iran into mainstream International politics
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