NEW DELHI: As it’s embarking on one of the Gulf regions’s most ambitious nuclear power programmes, the UAE looks towards India for an agreement in civil nuclear energy to be signed during the visit of Abu Dhabi crown prince General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The crown prince, who is also the deputy commander of the armed forces, is arriving on a three-day visit on Wednesday, accompanied by three royal brothers and seven ministers. While the high-level political delegation has over 35 members, over 100 Emirati businessmen will arrive in a separate delegation.
UAE ambassador Ahmed Al Banna said that 16 agreements were likely to be signed, out of which 12 had been finalised and the rest were under negotiations. Al Banna said the pact in civil nuclear energy – the first by India in the region – would be “to set up some sort of research and development centre to enhance the usage of nuclear energy in a peaceful sense”.