October 19, 2019

UAE supports Indian move in IHK

UBAI: Most Muslim countries are in silent mode after the measure of the Indian government to scrap Article 370, Article 35A and fork India Held Kashmir (IHK) into two territories of the Union (UT), but the envoy from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to India Dr. Ahmed Al Banna expressed his hope that this decision by the Indian government will help improve the social and economic conditions and well-being of the people of Jammu.

“We hope that the changes will improve social justice and the security and trust of people in local government and foster greater stability and peace,” said the UAE ambassador to India.

The Gulf News newspaper, based in Dubai, cited the UAE envoy to India saying that the Indian decision related to IHK was an “internal matter” as stipulated by the Indian constitution. The UAE believes that the changes would improve social justice and people’s security and confidence in local governance and encourage greater stability and peace.

In recent years, India and the United Arab Emirates have approached and there has been an increase in the number of high-level visits between the two countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the United Arab Emirates in August 2015, followed by the visit of the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in 2016. In 2017, Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the main guest at the Republic of India Day parade and again, in 2018, Narendra Modi visited the country and was the main guest at the sixth World Government Summit in Dubai. In 2019, UAE awarded its highest civil award, the Zayed Medal to PM Modi.

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