Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to start his foreign trip in 2022 by visiting the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait early next month. While not much is known about the entire visit yet, reports said Modi may travel in the first ten days of January 2022. Notably, this will be the PM's fourth visit to the UAE since 2015.
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The UAE and Kuwait are at the center of India's foreign policy towards the Middle East. The visit intends to cement ties with these countries that have a huge Indian diaspora. The UAE is India's third-largest trade partner after US and China, with trade volumes touching over $60 billion. The countries have also helped India fight the deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections.
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The primary purpose of the visit is reportedly to thank both countries for their support as India battled the second wave of COVID-19 , Hindustan Times reported. The visit will also show courtesy to these emirates for looking after the Indian diaspora residing there. Notably, the UAE has roughly 40 lakh passports-holding Indians, while Kuwait has an Indian diaspora of around 10 lakh.
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