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Soldiers from the United Arab Emirates march alongside Indian troops during the Republic Day parade, New Delhi, Jan. 26, 2017 (AP photo by Manish Swarup).

Why India and the United Arab Emirates Are Moving Closer Together

Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

When five diplomats from the United Arab Emirates were killed in a bombing in Kandahar earlier this month, Afghan authorities quickly blamed the Haqqani network, which many suspect of having ties to Pakistani intelligence. That triggered speculation that the attack—the first on diplomats from a Gulf state in Afghanistan—was meant to send a message to the UAE about its growing counterterrorism cooperation with India.

The timing of the blast was seen as especially significant since it came just weeks before Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the deputy supreme commander of the UAE’s armed forces, attended India’s Republic Day celebrations as a guest of honor on Jan. 26—a symbolic gesture reserved for India’s closest partners. In fact, the crown prince was the first non-head of state to be made a guest of honor for India’s Republic Day parade. During his three-day visit to India, he signed more than a dozen agreements with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that covered everything from energy, including a deal for strategic oil reserves, to investment ties and defense cooperation. ...

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