Chapter 5

India and West Asia (Middle-East) Relationship

India imports sixty six per cent of its oil requirement from the West Asian region, has 3.5 million NRIs working in the Gulf remitting $ 12 billion annually. With the launch of international war on terrorism in the aftermath of 9/11 this region has acquired greater strategic prominence in the foreign policy agenda of the Indian state as India has long suffered from the menace of terrorism. Further, growing economic ties between India and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has made this region as market source for Indian products and potential investor in the growing infrastructure sector of India.

The West Asian region enjoys a place of prominence in the Indian mindset from the times of ...

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