The UAE is India’s closest ally in the Middle-East and the biggest trading partner. Keeping the strong India-UAE ties into consideration, New Delhi dispatched 5.5 million hydroxychloroquine pills the oil-rich nation which drew wide appreciation.
— UAE Embassy-Newdelhi (@UAEembassyIndia) April 18, 2020
A social media posting on Twitter by the UAE Embassy in New Delhi said: “Under the guidance of UAE leadership, @UAEembassyIndia succeeded in obtaining the approval of the Indian government to export adequate quantities of #Hydroxychloroquine to UAE.”
The thread from the embassy went on: “The first shipment of medicine, currently on its way to the #UAE, includes 5.5 million pills for treatment of patients with #Covid_19. We highly appreciate the cooperation.”
Meanwhile, ties between India and the UAE also came under some pressure after many Indian-origin expatriates made Islamophobic comments which almost created a political storm between the two strategic allies.
“The ruling family is friends with Indians, but as a royal your rudeness is not welcome,” wrote Princess Hend Al Qassimi, tweeted, referring to both the countries’ warm relations and Islamophobic attacks.
The ruling family is friends with Indians, but as a royal your rudeness is not welcome. All employees are paid to work, no one comes for free. You make your bread and butter from this land which you scorn and your ridicule will not go unnoticed.
— Hend F Q (@LadyVelvet_HFQ) April 15, 2020
“All employees are paid to work, no one comes for free. You make your bread and butter from this land which you scorn and your ridicule will not go unnoticed,” the Princess said. The Princess also expressed her displeasure over evolving social reality in India, where the Hindus were pitted against the minority Muslims.
The anti-Muslim remarks on Twitter passed by Indian citizens living in the UAE is now forcing the citizens of the country to reconsider their ties with the world’s biggest democracy claims many media reports.
Prominent Kuwaiti Lawyer and Director of International Human Rights Mejbel Al Sharika announced to voluntarily take the case of Indian Muslims to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He has asked Indian Muslims to help him record the proof of violence against them.
— ديوان الكويت (@aldew3n_q8) April 19, 2020
PM Modi had to step in and attempted to calm things down. “Covid-19 does not see race, religion, color, caste, creed, language or borders before striking. Our response and conduct thereafter should attach primacy to unity and brotherhood. We are in this together,” PM Modi tweeted.
Advising Indians in the UAE against a spate of derogatory comments, India’s Ambassador to the UAE said any discrimination would not be tolerated.
India and UAE share the value of non-discrimination on any grounds. Discrimination is against our moral fabric and the Rule of law. Indian nationals in the UAE should always remember this. https://t.co/8Ui6L9EKpc
— Amb Pavan Kapoor (@AmbKapoor) April 20, 2020
“India and UAE share the value of non-discrimination on any grounds. Discrimination is against our moral fabric and the Rule of law. Indian nationals in the UAE should always remember this,” Ambassador Pavan Kapoor tweeted, indicating how strongly the government has taken many such cases that have come into prominence recently.