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India's relations with Arab world, other Muslim nations has improved under Modi govt: Swaraj

Press Trust of India  |  Abu Dhabi 

India's relations with the Arab world as well as other Muslim-majority nations has improved under Narendra Modi's government, said on Tuesday.

Addressing the Indian community in the UAE, she said that ahead of the 2014 general elections, political analysts were of the view that if Modi becomes the then he won't be able to take along the West Asian countries.

Swaraj arrived here on Monday on a two-day visit to attend the Joint Commission Meeting here.

and the UAE Tuesday signed two agreements, including one on currency swap, as Swaraj held exhaustive discussions with her counterpart to step up bilateral cooperation in areas like security, defence, counter-terrorism, trade and

"India's relations with the Arab world as well as other Muslim-majority nations has improved under the Narendra Modi's government," she said.

Today, is also having good relations with those countries who are traditional rivals, like the US and Russia, and Palestine, and Iran, she said, adding this is possible due to the government's foreign policy, which is based on "nation's interest first".

Swaraj said that in the last four years the government has rescued around 2.33 lakh Indians, from around the world, stuck at various places including the Gulf countries or war-torn

"It was due to our relations with Muslim-majority nations, like and that we were able to evacute around 5,000 Indians and around 2,000 nationals of other countries, including three Pakistanis," she said.

She also appreciated their contribution in enhancing relations with the UAE, which hosts a 33 lakh-strong Indian community - the largest number of Indians outside India.

About the India-UAE relations, the said the relations between the two countries from buyer and seller (of for energy) is changing.

"And with the signing of today's agreement, the cooperation between the two countries will achieve a new height. This is only a beginning," she said.

She also praised an who sang Mahathma Gandhi's favourite bhajan.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 23:15 IST