Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has commenced his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he will be inaugurating the Hindu temple ‘BAPS Mandir’ in Abu Dhabi.
During his visit, he will address the Indian diaspora filled with thousands of crowds besides meeting the top leadership of one of India’s closest strategic partners in West Asia. He left New Delhi at 11.30 am and will land in Abu Dhabi at around 4 pm.
The Ministry of External Affairs, India, in its special briefing on Monday, marked the visit as crucial. Modi will meet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ), whom he met in December last year during his visit to Gujarat. During his visit, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said the two sides are likely to ink a number of agreements to shore up cooperation in several key areas following a bilateral meeting with the UAE leader.
“Over the last nine years, our cooperation with UAE in diverse sectors such as trade and investment, defence and security, food and energy security and education has grown manifold. Our cultural and people-to-people connection is stronger than ever,” Modi said minutes before his departure.
“I look forward to meeting His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of UAE, in Abu Dhabi and holding wide-ranging discussions on taking forward our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. I had the privilege of hosting His Highness recently in Gujarat, where he was the Chief Guest at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024,” he said.