South Asia and Beyond

Arabian Sea Diplomacy

For 34 years India diplomatically neglected the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is despite the country being key to India’s energy security and home to 3.7 million Indian expats. Since 2015 India has been seeking to make up for this remiss. Prime Minister Narendra Modi just concluded his seventh visit to the UAE in nine years.

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The big question is whether India has made up for lost time and opportunity? To answer this and more Anil Padmanabhan spoke to Sunjay Sudhir, India’s Ambassador to the UAE.

Anil Padmanabhan

Anil Padmanabhan has been a journalist for the last 36 years. He has worked in various capacities in several publications including Afternoon Despatch & Courier, Press Trust of India, Business Standard, Mint and was based in New York for India Today. He was a Nieman Fellow in 2001. He tweets at @capitalcalculus.