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Our outreach to the Gulf at a political level has been unprecedented: PM Modi


New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS): When PM Modi became PM in 2014, as the leader of the Hindu right wing BJP, he was not given too much of a chance as far as diplomacy was concerned, more so with the Gulf nations, supporters of Pakistan for decades. But PM Modi assiduously worked towards reaching out to the nations perceived to be proponents and propagators of Wahhabi Salafism - a more virulent strain of radical political Islam that believes in ethnocentrism.

Five years later, PM Modi's outreach in the Muslim world cutting across the Sunni-Shia divide has been nothing short of spectacular. Among his friends are the powerful Prince Mohd. Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Makhtoum and Sheikh Nayan of the UAE. Equally, India's diplomatic relationship with Iran is based on implicit trust. Today, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are right behind India and have begun to accept that Pakistan is a rogue and toxic state and this is due to PM Modi's constant engagement with them.

IANS Editor-in-Chief Sandeep Bamzai asked the PM on this strategic encirclement of Pakistan's erstwhile votaries and how he brought them to his side? Currently it may not be wrong to say that India's relations with Gulf countries are the best now in the last seven decades. The PM was forthright in his response: "I feel that there are two aspects to this. First, a certain section of people believed that my government -- and I personally -- would fail on the foreign policy front not just in the Gulf region, but also in the wider context. The reality is that my government's successful track record on foreign policy across the world is there for everyone to see. In fact, after assuming office in 2014, the very first Foreign Minister my government received on an official visit was that of the Sultanate of Oman. So, what others thought of me, and what the reality turned out to be, is for them to introspect."

Why then this urgency to bring the Gulf into our fold? Again the PM was clear as daylight in his answer. He said, "I want to focus on the second aspect instead -- the importance of the Gulf region to India. This is a region that has deep-rooted historical and cultural ties with India. It is home to almost nine million Indians whose remittances are a significant contributor to our economy and they have also contributed immensely to prosperity in the region. I have always found that leaders of the Gulf countries value the enriching presence of the Indian diaspora and care for their well-being like a guardian."

Highlighting long standing ties, PM Modi in one of his biggest interviews outlined the importance of his outreach -- "This region is also our major partner in ensuring our energy security. We have gone beyond a buyer-seller relationship with them. UAE has participated in our strategic petroleum reserve programme, and both UAE and Saudi Arabia are to invest in the world's largest oil refinery project in India. For the first time, Indian companies have secured rights in offshore oil fields in the Gulf region."

Continuing in the same vein given that he doesn't get too much credit for this development, he averted -- "I have made a special effort to focus our foreign policy on enhancing our ties with all countries in the region. Our outreach to the region has been unprecedented, right from the official level to the political level. I have myself visited the region many times, and we have also hosted many leaders from the region in India. Some of my closest and warmest interactions anywhere in the world are with leaders in the Gulf region. We are regularly in touch.

"And, I think our policy has succeeded to a large extent because of this outreach, this constant engagement. We have not allowed any miscommunication, any doubts to play spoilsport. We have been very open with all the countries, and they have also reciprocated with warmth and friendship. I firmly believe that India and the Gulf countries have only begun to explore the true potential of a partnership which will go far beyond mutual benefits and can anchor peace, progress and prosperity not only in our common and extended neighbourhood but also in the larger world."

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  • RaAm, Kudla

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    India's Soft Power instruments like Bollywood, Classical Music,Yoga, Spirituality, Variety of Cuisines, Languages along with Patriotic NRIs is something we all must be proud of.

    As Vivekananda's Prophecy, 21st century and beyond belongs to India. And the Man inspired by him is laying strong Foundations for our future.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    The world acknowledges, admires and respects nations, with Power !!!!!! They will hesitate to provoke or antagonize these states !!!!!! Indians, are 1.2 billion, is the largest democratic, secular, financial growing power hub, of this world !!!!!!! Middle East nations, especially OIC states, will be very wary and hesitant to provoke our country.... The crackdown in Jammu and Kashmir, is accepted widely by these states. PM Modiji, is admired, for his vision and leadership, unlike PM Imran Khan, of a destitute, nation called Pakistan !!!!!!

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  • santosh Manglore, Manglore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Well done PM of India! We proud of you because whatever you are doing , that for peoples and nation development. You never think that next time you will be PM or not but still you are working hard towards development. Hatsoff

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  • Shaan, manglore/dubai

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    UAE always looking same both India & Pakistan strategic partners,, was Indira PM in UAE Indian currency in trading,, When Manmohan Singh Dhs to Rs Rate 11 & Now 19?...i don't think instead of a personal gimmick,, Modi dId something outstanding? about Saudi, at the time Pulwama attack prince Salaman visits first Pakistan & Next to India,,,

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    We are much scared about inside treasons than known enemy Pakistan ....

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  • RaAm, Kudla

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Look with an unbiased eye and Have complete knowledge before speaking Mister.

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  • Nash, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    And people where making fun of his tours 😂

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  • Shaan, manglore/dubai

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Upcource funny, he is not made interested within India ..how many corporater escaped in their financial crises?? still, people losing Jobs & industrialist under huge debts, even biscuit company saying people will think twice before buying 5Rs biscuit packet !! his domestic interests,,, so far he not visited flood sate ka'ka & Kerala.

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  • Nash, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    First of all don't come here with your half baked knowledge... It was BJP govt which took the initiative to crackdown on baddebts and your so called business men ran away from India after that.... Floods are not planned events and PM of any country will have other obligations to work on... First learn some basic financial lessons or at least read some news from ET or Money control or Financial Express then come here and speak.

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  • Shaan, manglore/dubai

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    If you come full knowledge as Modi Bhakt! only see one-sided ..

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  • Hussain, AbuDhabi

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Thanks to previous Governments that built relationship and thanks to Modi Govt to take it to another level.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Previous govt built relationship between scams only

    A for Adarsh Scam
    B for Boforse Scam
    C for Coal Scam

    nothing else

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  • Alphonse Rodrigues, Udupi

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Rafale was a biggest scam of chaiwala whichever of previous scams you quote.

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  • Anil, Q8

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Demonitisation is another modi BIIGEST baby scam
    India economy disaster... Still not recovering.

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  • Nash, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Modi ki itni chalti kyu hai bhai.. Aur slaves ki itni jalti kyu hai bhai 😂 🤣

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    v r not bothered about your 4X outreach. citizens outreach totally failed. most of da youths r jobless. jumla 15 -20 lakhs outreach miserably failed. developments nil, jio, jio, jai jai jeo jeo, pakoda kaavo. all is well, all is well. all is in da well. bhaktas r waiting 4 miracles & chanting jai shri raam.....

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  • Mr.Green, Bahrain/Suratkal

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    It is them who should interfear to our domastic problems, they are internally very strong civilised and developed, and we our politicians using the dived and rule method ped by British. And people like you got fed enough satisfaction by ur puppeteers against the rivalry divison you don't even get the idea to question them about governance how it supposed to be.

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,.

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Politicians in India, Russia and China control media, Who have arranged and paid photographers, speech writers, make up artists, News blockers. It is called paid media,

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    No jobs home. Indians going to gulf to slave . Modi wants t foreign exchange from Gulf Countries. Now throning himself. Fake Man.

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  • Chowkidar Chor Hai!, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    He knows if he gets on the wrong side of Gulf nations beef exports will collapse!

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  • YOGI THUNTA, MANGALURU - NEAR PUMPWELL CIRCLE

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Muslim countries stand with India as they found huge potentials in India unlike PAKISTAN only they found bubbles in the AIR and poor ideology !

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,.

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Mr. Dhanajay, Honnavara,
    Majority of Indians are like you and me, Who does not understand what is paid media is.

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  • Dhanajay, Honnavara

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Paid Media is there from the days of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty...which utilised to higher extent. Did you not aware of it..it means you are frog in an well.

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  • Dhanajay, Honnavara

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    People who earlier blamed on modiji foreign tour should be questioned now. Our relationship with all major and small countries are improved much and able to undertake diplomatic work smoothly.
    By which muslim countries stand with india siding pakistan. India playing equally with shia dominated iran or sunni dominated saudi arabia...and not do interference with there internal conflicts.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Wed, Aug 14 2019

    Pokkade atth kas tikund atta Amabani gu. Aaik panpini😀

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