Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh while speaking at the first West Asia conference on ‘Geopolitical Shifts in West Asia: Trends and Implications’ said that India with its democratic background and principled position of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries is in a position to work as a mediator and help ensure that peace in West Asia is restored.
The conference was organised by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, a leading think tank that specialises on strategic affairs.
Mr Singh said, “India, with important political, economic and security stakes in the peace and stability of the region, had been following West Asian developments very closely”.
63% of India’s energy imports comes from the Gulf region. The region is the leading trading partner for India with a total trade of around $200 billion in the same year.