UAE National Day: India values close relations between two countries, says President Mukherjee

India-US ties are firmly rooted in our age-old trade and cultural links, President Mukherjee said.

New Delhi: Extending his greetings to the people of United Arab Emirates on the occasion of their National Day, President Pranab Mukherjee said that India values the relationship between the two countries.

In a message to Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President Mukherjee said ties between the two countries “are firmly rooted in our age-old trade and cultural links, nourished by people-to-people contacts and regular exchange of high-level visits".

Stressing that India deeply values its close, friendly and warm relations with the United Arab Emirates, President Mukherjee said, “I look forward to working closely with Your Highness to further expand and deepen our bilateral relations."

He said the recent contacts and exchanges at the highest political level have provided a fresh impetus to mutually beneficial ties and elevated them to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

"We are delighted that His Highness the crown prince of Abu Dhabi has agreed to be our chief guest at the Republic Day 2017 celebrations," the President said.

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