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Ms. Jyotsna Suri, the co-chair of the forum of Parliamentarians of FICCI meets the Ambassador

New Delhi | January 10, 2020

Ms. Jyotsna Suri, the co-chair of the forum of Parliamentarians of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and CMD of the India’s Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, held a meeting with His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to India, Dr. Ahmed Albanna at the Embassy in New Delhi on January 10, 2020.  During the meeting , she appraised the Ambassador about FICCI’s forum of Parliamentarians. She said that this forum is a unique initiative of FICCI for political outreach. She was accompanied by Ms. Sukanya Natrajan, Senior Assistant Director, FICCI, while the Ambassador was joined by the Commercial Attaché of the Embassy, Mr. Ahmad Alfalahi and other officials of the embassy.

Key points by Ms. Jyotsna Suri

1. Mr. Bhupendra Yadav, the Member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament (Rajya Sbaha) from the ruling party, the BJP is the Chairman of the Forum.

2. The forum provides a track two platform for Indian Members of Parliament to meet and interact with counterparts from other countries. 

3. The forum also provides a platform for expanding people-to-people contact and bilateral ties.

4. The Forum is currently engaged with Parliamentarians in the US, UK, Japan, Germany etc. and wants to expand its engagements with the UAE too. 

5. The members of forum consists parliamentarians from ruling as well as opposition parties too.

6. The FICCI will appreciate the participation from the UAE side to this forum.

7. A formal proposal for the UAE in this regard will be shared with H.E. the Ambassador soon.

His Excellency, the Ambassador on his part welcomed the gesture of FICCI and put some suggestions in this regard

Key Points by His Excellency

1. It needs further discussion with the Chairman of the FICCI’s forum of Parliamentarians Mr. Bhupendra Yadav.

2. Only Indian parliamentarians should be the member of that body which deal with the UAE so that the body should not be considered as a lobbyist group for the UAE.

3. There should be a regular meeting on monthly or quarterly basis.

4. The body should provide felicitations for the UAE delegates.

5. A proper name should be designed for the body.

6. UAE also have such parliamentarian bodies in UK and US, which are called friends of the UAE, so that the FICCI can adopt a suitable name with further discussions.

The meeting concluded with Ms. Jyotsna Suri appraising H.E. that the Forum will have very limited 8-10 members and a meeting of Ambassador with Mr. Bhupendra Yadav, the Chairman of the FICCI’s forum of Parliamentarians will be scheduled for middle of next month (February 15 onwards) for further discussions and Ambassador’s office will be communicated formally when the meeting will be finalised.

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