Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar to visit UAE

Indian Foreign Minister Dr. Jaishankar will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the 14th India-UAE Joint Commission (JCM) meeting.

The Thirteenth Session of the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting was held virtually in August 2020, co-chaired by EAM Jaishankar and his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

EAM’s last visit to the UAE was in December 2021, when he traveled to the country to participate in the Fifth Indian Ocean Conference. The visit is even part of the I2U2 grouping, as the two have increased their commitment to renewable energy and agricultural products. The grouping with India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States as members held its first summit meeting in July.

Earlier this year, India and the United Arab Emirates signed the free trade agreement hailed as the key to increased economic cooperation. The FTA is India’s first comprehensive trade deal in a decade. Under the agreement, duties are eliminated on 80% of tariff lines. It is not only expected to add $9 billion to the UAE’s GDP by 2030, but it will also function as a market for Indian products throughout the West Asian region.

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Shirlene J. Manley