India is stepping up its engagement with the Arab world with a series of engagements in February as Pakistan ups the ante on Kashmir across bilateral and multilateral forums.
Besides a plan to host Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman soon, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Morocco, with which India has signed 40 pacts over the past two years across sectors, including defence, counter-Before that, Swaraj will host Algerian foreign minister Abdelkader Messahel on Thursday.
Algeria has been against the strong Organisation of Islamic Conference position on Kashmir and has been irked by ISI’s support for Algerian insurgent group – Islamic Salvation Front.
The Algerian foreign minister is making it a point not to visit Pakistan while being in the region. On her part, Swaraj will not travel to Algiers while she is in Morocco due to lukewarm ties between the two neighbouring countries
In addition, India and Muslim-majority North African nations along with Jordan, Syria and Lebanon are preparing to host a mega business meet in Tunis in February.
The meeting will be first of its kind between India and the region and holds immense potential for investments and trade. terrorism, education and investments.