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|Aligarh: Muchkund Dubey, former Foreign Secretary, while speaking in the inaugural session of the national seminar on the political, economic and social conditions of Gulf countries organized under the auspices of the AMU's Department of Arabic Studies, appealed to the Government of India to take the initiative for the restoration of human rights of the Palestinian people because the sentiments of the people of India are linked with the problem of Palestine.
He further said that India has a very close and old relationship with the Arab countries who introduced the world to a new culture and civilization, made important contributions to science and this region gave birth to three important religions of the world. He said that there are roughly three million Indians in the Gulf countries where they form 31 percent of the Gulf's total population, i.e., 21.5 percent in Kuwait, 54 percent in Oman, 25.5 percent in Saudi Arabia and 41 percent in the UAE and they repatriate four billion dollars to India every year.
He said that many countries of the world are dependent on the oil produced in Arab countries e.g., Japan is wholly dependent on the Arab oil, half of the total consumption of oil in the USA is imported from the Gulf countries and Third World countries also depend heavily on Arab oil. He said that West Asia is very important for India. He said that American authority is increasing in the Gulf countries because it is selling arms to these countries while supplying aarms to Israel also. The masses in these countries are very angry with US because of the occupation of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israel which is blindly supported by the US. He added that in this age of information technology, India can develop its trade with Arab countries.