NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi could visit the United Arab Emirates on November 16-17, marking the first trip by an Indian prime minister since Indira Gandhi went there 34 years ago, as India seeks to energise energy, trade and security partnership with the oil-rich Gulf country.
The UAE has been expecting a visit by an Indian PM for the past one decade. Modi's predecessor Manmohan Singh twice made plans to visit the UAE but the trip did not materialise.
Officials said Modi is expected to go to the UAE after his visit to Turkey, where he will attend the G-20 Summit. The visit, if it materialises, will be in line with Modi's strategy of addressing meets in countries that have substantial Indian diaspora and is likely to include a meeting of the prime minister with the expat community in Dubai.
Officials said the PM's trip will be significant in the backdrop of current political churning in West Asia where the US has moved closer to Iran, keeping its traditional partners in the region on tenterhooks. Besides, militant organisation ISIS has emerged as a common threat not only in the region but also for India.