The 1st Special Course for diplomats from the League of Arab States is being held at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India from 22-29 July 2019. 17 young diplomats from the League of Arab States are participating in the Course. The Special Course was inaugurated at FSI on 22 July 2019. Amb. J.S. Mukul, Dean (FSI) also hosted a welcome reception for the diplomats from League of Arab States.
Senior officers of the Ministry of External Affairs and others would address the diplomats from League of Arab States as part of the training programme. The Special Course would include modules on India’s foreign policy, key international issues, multilateral diplomacy and diplomatic skills. The diplomats from League of Arab States would also get an exposure to India’s economic progress and undertake study tours to experience the rich cultural heritage of India.
Till date, 04 diplomats from the League of Arab States have participated at FSI training programmes for foreign diplomats.
India has traditionally enjoyed close and friendly relations with the Arab world. These relations date back to ancient times. There are important Indian investments in countries of the region. There have been cultural ties with the region throughout history. Much of India's external trade passes along the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. India’s institutionalised ties with the Arab League have further strengthened India’s relations with Arab countries and this is exemplified by the exchanges that have taken place between India and the Arab League in recent years.