Indian PM Narendra Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi for a two-day official visit on Saturday evening.
We warmly welcome our state guest and valued friend, the Indian Prime Minister H.E. @narendramodi to the UAE. His visit reflects our longstanding historical ties and is testament to our friendly bilateral relationship. pic.twitter.com/NDn4GctynI— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) February 10, 2018
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, other shaikhs and senior officials welcomed Modi.
The prime minister will have a bilateral meeting with Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed very soon at Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, officials told Gulf News.
Around 12 to 14 agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between both nations after the talks.
Modi to be the first world leader to be hosted at the newly opened Presidential Palace.
The most important agreements will be in the energy and manpower sectors, diplomatic sources told Gulf News on Saturday.
Shaikh Mohammad will host a banquet in honour of Modi after the bilateral talks and signing of the MoU.
Modi's other high-level engagements include a bilateral meeting with His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday, in which India is the guest of honour.
Modi reached the UAE after a historic visit to Palestine as the first Indian prime minister to visit the country, as part of a four-nation tour covering Jordan and Oman.
Modi is expected to visit visit Wahat Al Karama, a memorial for UAE martyrs in Abu Dhabi, and pay his respects to the fallen heroes on Sunday morning before leaving for Dubai.
The premier will interact with the Indian community at Dubai Opera later where he will also participate in the ground-breaking ceremony of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi through livestreaming.
He will also have a meeting with Arab CEOs in Dubai. The prime minister will leave for Oman from Dubai to conclude the visit to the region.
This is Modi's second visit to the UAE in two-and-a-half years, following his maiden visit in August 2015, which was the first official visit of an Indian prime minister to the UAE in 34 years after Indira Gandhi's visit in 1981.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also visited India twice in the same period: in February 2016 and January 2017.
The intensive high-level interactions elevated the bilateral relations into a comprehensive strategic partnership.