Abdullah to lead UAE delegation to India (MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A high-level delegation from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, will visit Indian capital on June 26-27, Indian Ambassador to the UAE MK Lokesh told Khaleej Times on Wednesday. India and UAE share good relations in all spheres for centuries and will discuss, during the visit, ways of advancing these ties in trade, commerce, tourism, aviation and other global affairs.The UAE delegation will reach New Delhi on June 26 and Shaikh Abdullah will hold official meetings on June 27, the ambassador said. Shaikh Abdullah visited India in 2009, he said. Shaikh Abdullah will be accompanied by assistant ministers from the MoFA and other senior officials, as well as several business leaders and CEOs of key companies in the areas of shipping, aviation, telecommunication and energy, the ambassador said in a statement to Khaleej Times. The minister will hold discussions with the Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna as well as senior Indian leaders including the Prime Minister of India on bilateral and international issues, the ambassador said. He said the visit comes at a time when new global challenges are emerging and both the countries have common interests in their early resolution. India recognizes and appreciates the growing role of the UAE in regional and global affairs and its initiatives in maritime security, peace-keeping operations and regional peace initiatives as well as in other areas like global governance, environment, and renewable energy issues, he said. The visit will provide a valuable opportunity to further cement the warm and friendly relations that exist between the two countries, Lokesh said. The ambassador said India and the UAE have close relations based on historic foundations. Currently, India and UAE are the largest trading partners with a bilateral trade amounting to around $44 billion in 2009-2010 and substantial investments growing from both sides. In addition, the UAE is an important supplier of crude oil to â€¨India.