Abu Dhabi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi for a two-day official visit on Saturday, affirming long-standing historical ties between the UAE and India.
The Indian leader, who is on a four-nation Middle East tour, received a warm welcome from His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
As it happened:
11.14pm: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed tweets about a boost to the strategic ties between UAE and India.
The ADNOC offshore concession agreement reflects the maturity of the long-standing strategic relationship between the UAE and India, and will underpin opportunities for growth, as the two countries deepen commercial ties. pic.twitter.com/3KkXHVUntd
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) February 10, 2018
9.35pm: Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and Indian Prime Minister Modi witness the signing of an agreement and three memoranda of understanding between the two countries to promote bilateral partnerships.
9.25pm: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed hold bilateral talks.
Indian PM Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. — Twitter
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed tweets: “The Indian Prime Minister’s visit reflects our longstanding historical ties and is testament to our friendly bilateral relationship. His visit also demonstrates the approach embraced by the two leaderships to bolster our cooperation in all domains and follow up this strategic approach through effective mechanisms to ensure the fulfilment of their visions.”
8.25pm: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi oversees the signing of a number of agreements: On manpower; cooperation in railways; cooperation in inland waterways; and a deal between Bombay Stock Exchange and Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange.
8pm: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the newly opened Presidential Palace. The ceremony is set to start any minute now. But first, he meets the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
Prime Minister @narendramodi had a Tête-à-tête with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi before the delegation level talks. The two leaders discussed steps to upgrade the relationship. pic.twitter.com/dFY2t3skXw— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 10, 2018
Indian PM Narendra Modi is the first world leader to be hosted in the new Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. – Binsal Abdul Kader / Gulf News
Modi is the first world leader to be hosted in the new Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, according to officials.
7.45pm: Dr Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, explains UAE-India strategic relations.
7.15: Iconic UAE buildings light up in Indian tricolour
LED lights on the skin of the ADNOC building in Abu Dhahi displays the Indian tricolour. The Burj Khalifa and other iconic buildings in the UAE also display the Indian flag on giant LED screens on Saturday for the Indian premier’s visit. — AFP
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the UAE for two-day official visit.
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.
ببالغ التقدير.. نرحب بضيف البلاد .. والصديق العزيز رئيس وزراء الهند معالي ناريندرا مودي الذي يسعدنا تواجده في الإمارات التي ترتبط بالهند بعلاقات تاريخية راسخة ومستقبل مشترك مشرق ..زيارة هامة تضيف الى بنيان مسيرة الصداقة و التعاون المشترك. pic.twitter.com/YB8jZ7Weck— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) February 10, 2018
The prime minister held a bilateral meeting with Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed at Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, officials told Gulf News.
PM @narendramodi arrives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to a ceremonial welcome. In a gesture of warmth and goodwill, PM was personally received by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and other members of the Royal family. UAE is a valued partner in an important region of the world. pic.twitter.com/FRIvH7GYbn— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 10, 2018
Several agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed between both nations on Saturday.
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 between the two nations.
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