In an extraordinary
gesture, the UAE government lit up the iconic ADNOC building here on the
occasion of the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
Council of Ministers to symbolise the close bonds of friendship and cooperation
between the two nations.
The flags of India and the UAE and portraits of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin
Zayed Al Nahyan were displayed on the facade of the iconic building.
The Abu Dhabi National Oil
ADNOC is the state-owned oil company of the United Arab Emirates.
ADNOC only foreign oil and gas company to date to in
India’s petroleum reserves programme
India's energy security
is a top priority for the UAE with ADNOC being the only foreign oil and gas
company, to date, to invest in India's strategic petroleum reserves
programme. ADNOC is also a stakeholder in one of India's largest refinery and
petrochemical complexes, which will be constructed at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra,
Khaleej Times reported.
Strategic energy co-operation between the UAE
and India was bolstered in March 2019, when an Indian consortium of two
companies was awarded the exploration rights for an onshore block in Abu
Dhabi's debut competitive block bid round. In addition, an Indian consortium of
three companies was awarded a 10 per cent participating interest in Abu Dhabi's
offshore Lower Zakum concession in February 2018, it said.
Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the
UAE, told WAM, the official news agency of the United Arab Emirates, that since
the visit of Prime Minister Modi to UAE in August 2015, the two nations have
seen a real transformation in our bilateral ties.
"The close friendship that has blossomed
over the last four years between our Prime Minister and the Sheikh Mohamed bin
Zayed is well-known. The whole world can see it today in this unique
celebration of the re-election of the Prime Minister for a fresh five year
term. The ADNOC tower behind us is beautifully lit up and adorned with the
flags of India and UAE and visuals of the two leaders," he said.
Clear direction from PM Modi and Crown Prince to make
India=-UAE partnership truly vibrant
"But beyond the
symbolism of these images is also the clear direction that the Prime Minister
and the Crown Prince have provided to diplomats like us to make the India-UAE
Comprehensive Strategic Partnership a truly vibrant example of what we can
achieve when we work together," Suri said.
Over the last two years, Suri said bilateral
ties have evolved from a simple buyer-seller relationship to a multi-faceted
partnership that has led to our first strategic petroleum reserve, our first
oil concessions in the Gulf and the agreement to work together in our West
coast mega-refinery project.
"So, as the Prime Minister starts his
second term in office, there is tremendous sense of optimism for India-UAE
ties. We now have the opportunity to build upon the strong platform that we
have created over the last four years, and to make the coming period a truly
Golden Era in our relationship," he said.