India, and rising tensions in the Arab world


United Arab Emirates (UAE) foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed’s visit to India earlier this week came at a time of extraordinary and growing tension in the Gulf region. Apart from discussing bilateral ties his Indian counterpart external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and he would have focussed on recent regional developments which can critically and adversely impact both countries.

Like his father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan who, with the coming of great oil revenues, wisely managed the transformation of Abu Dhabi and the UAE from impoverishment to affluence and influence, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the present crown prince of the Abu Dhabi emirate and the brother of the foreign minister, is dextrously leading the country to higher levels of political and social development and global influence. Clearly, he has decided to raise the strength of India-UAE ties in all areas, including in the security sector. His approach is fully reciprocated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read More

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