The second day of the Arab Center conference focusing on Indo-Arab Relations, on May 6, 2018, marked its conclusion in Doha. The sessions today centered on the nature of Indo-Arab relations and their transformations, following changes in Indian foreign policy towards the Middle East, and Palestine in particular. They also addressed the strategic, military, economic and geopolitical contexts of these relations in light of the rapid changes in the global system. The first session tackled India's West Asian policy and the Arab World, under the moderation of Majed Al-Ansari. Speaking first, Ayman Yousef presented a paper written with Mahmoud Fatafta on the principles and pragmatism of India's foreign policy towards Palestine and Israel. This was followed by Omair Anas who discussed the end of India's reluctant West Asian policy and finally Dibyesh Anand who presented on India's shifting approach toward the Arab World, from anti-coloniality to post-coloniality. Anand drew comparisons between the occupation of Kashmir and the occupation of Palestine, whereby state interests supersede the interests of the people. He also reflected on India's "post-colonial" relationship with Israel, highlighting the abandonment of its anti-colonial line.
The second session focused on the future of Indo-Arab Relations, discussing energy and other issues, moderated by Adel Zagha. Muhammad Azhar was the first to speak on energy and other aspects of Indo-Arab Relations, followed by Naser Al-Tamimi, who spoke about the challenges and opportunities for the Arab Gulf States regarding increasing energy consumption in India. Girijesh Pant closed the session discussing the changing text of Indo-Arab Relations. The third and final session related to strategic and security issues, moderated by Suhaim Al Thani. Bahia Aladhoubi spoke first about Indo-Omani military relations from 1913-1970. Kadira Pethiyagoda followed with a presentation on the strategic opportunity of India-Gulf Relations, before Emad Kaddorah ended the conference discussing the geopolitical significance of the Arabian Gulf in Indian strategy.
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