Gist of Editorials: Rethinking the Gulf (Indian Express) | GS – II

Relevance : GS Paper II (International Relations)

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  • India’s relations with Gulf countries have considerably improved:
    • growing volumes of energy imports
    • substantive investments from the Gulf
    • there are 7 million Indian migrant workers in the region
    • Gulf is among India’s top trading partners.
    • high-level engagement between has blossomed
    • growing security cooperation, especially on counter-terrorism
    • Increasing defence cooperation.
  • The roadblocks:
    • India’s too strong focus on the bilateral relations
    • Delhi is paying too little attention to the growing weight of the Gulf in regional affairs
  • Significance of Gulf nations
    • Saudi Arabia has played a critical role in shaping the world energy markets
    • The UAE has become a small but important cosmopolitan centre.
    • construction of a moderate Arab centre envisaged by UAE is very much in India’s interest
    • growing impact of the Gulf countries in the Indian Ocean region.
    • recent success of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in brokering peace between Ethiopia and
    • Eritrea
    • shaping the geopolitics of their neighbouring regions.
    • eager to collaborate with India on development and strategic infrastructure
    • taking greater responsibility for managing the regional order
  • India needs an integrated regional strategy to secure its ever-rising stakes in the Middle East and the Western Indian Ocean.