India invited to summit of League of Arab States
Recognising India's special relationship with the countries in the Arab world, New Delhi has been invited to the summit of the League of Arab States (LAS) being held in the Sudanese capital Khartoum from March 28, 2006.
Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed will lead the Indian delegation at the two-day Summit.
India was invited for the first time to the 17th Summit held in Algiers in March last year.
Noting that there were about four million Indians in Arab world including Gulf countries, Ahamed said the stability of the region was very important to India not only for its energy security of the country but for the welfare of Indians living in the region.
India has been continuing its special relationship with the Arab World and remained committed to the Palestine cause especially to the just right of the Palestinian people to have a homeland of their own living in peace with its neighbours.
India also extended support to the Palestinian Authority and pledged technical and economic assistance for the reconstruction in the territories under PNA.
The recent visits to India of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Emir of Qatar and frequent visits of several high-ranking ministers and officials of Arab countries were a manifestation of this special relationship, an official release said.