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India, UAE enjoy strong bonds of friendship: Indian External Affairs Minister

NEW DELHI, 15th November, 2019 (WAM) -- India's Foreign Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has underlined the significance of the Indian government’s initiatives in the Gulf region.

Delivering the fourth Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture in New Delhi yesterday, Jaishankar spelt out the Indian government’s approach to foreign policy. The Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture was instituted in 2016 by The Express Group, which owns the Indian Express newspaper, to mark 25 years of the passing of its founder.

In a lecture titled "Indian Foreign Policy in a Changing World," the Indian Minister addressed an erudite audience that included ambassadors from the Gulf countries

Jaishankar said in a discussion after the lecture that Narendra Modi government’s successful outreach to the Gulf region was an example of the Indian foreign policy breaking new ground.

"The Gulf has been bridged in an extraordinarily effective manner," he said.

Earlier, in a reference to the Indian Ocean Rim Association, IORA, a priority subject for the Modi government, Jaishankar said, "We are certain that under the leadership of the UAE, the IORA will attain greater heights and move towards achieving the objectives set out in the IORA Charter."

At the 19th IORA Council of Ministers Meeting at Abu Dhabi, the UAE assumed the organisation's presidency for 2019-2021.

"India and the UAE share historical friendship connected by the Indian Ocean with strong people-to-people ties. India will actively support the UAE in its efforts to promote a shared destiny and a path to prosperity in the Indian Ocean," he added.

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