Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted in UAE capital Abu Dhabi with some buildings lit in the Indian tricolour as the city was decked up for the occasion and the busy day marked signing five agreements by the two countries.
Modi held talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the major outcome of the event is the agreement on offshore oil exploration project that was awarded to a consortium of Indian oil companies with a 10 per cent stake.
Modi, who arrived in Abu Dhabi from Jordan after visiting Palestine was received by Mohammed Bin Zayed, who was India’s Chief Guest at 2017 Republic Day parade, as a special gesture setting aside the protocol.
Mohammed Bin Zayed tweeted: “We warmly welcome our state guest and valued friend, the Indian Prime Minister to the UAE. His visit reflects our longstanding historical ties and is testament to our friendly bilateral relationship.”
This is Modi’s secondd visit to UAE. He had earlier visited the Gulf nation in 2015 to a rousing reception that paved the way for extensive relations between the two nations.
After visiting Wahat Al Karama, the UAE martyr’s war memorial on Sunday, Modi will travel to Dubai and attend a recetion for the Indian community at the Dubai Opera House. The occasion also marks the opening of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, which will be livestreamed at the Opera House.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also address the World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is a guest of honour this year.