Weeks after the United Arab Emirates (UAE), counted among India’s closest allies, joined the criticism of the Islamic world against the remarks on the Prophet by the now suspended and expelled BJP leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates. Met with the President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, better known as MBZ, condoled the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former President of the Gulf country. The two leaders also reviewed bilateral relations.
In a special gesture, Mohamed bin Zayed received Modi at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi along with senior members of the royal family. “I am impressed by the special gesture of my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to welcome me at Abu Dhabi Airport. Gratitude to him,” Modi tweeted in Arabic and English languages.
This is their first conversation since Mohamed bin Zayed was elected as the new president last month. During their meeting, Modi condoled the demise of Sheikh Khalifa, who passed away on May 13 at the age of 73 after a prolonged illness. He also congratulated Mohamed bin Zayed on his election as president.
“The two leaders reviewed various aspects of the India-UAE Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which they have carefully developed over the years,” a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
“During their virtual summit on 18 February, the two countries signed the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which has come into force from 1 May,” the statement said. CEPA is expected to further boost trade and investment between the two countries.
I am overwhelmed by the special gesture of my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to welcome me at Abu Dhabi Airport. I am grateful to him. @BrothersBinZayed pic.twitter.com/8hdHHGiR0z
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 28, 2022
Bilateral trade stood at around US$ 72 billion in FY 2021-22. UAE is India’s third largest trading partner and second largest export destination. UAE’s FDI in India has increased over the years and currently stands at over $12 billion.
During the virtual summit, the MEA said, the two countries had also released a vision statement, which outlines a roadmap for bilateral cooperation in various fields including trade, investment, energy, food security, health, defence, skills, education, culture and people. Was placed. – People relations.
“The two leaders expressed satisfaction that India and the United Arab Emirates continue to build on close and friendly ties and historic people-to-people ties in these regions. focusing,” it said.
The Ministry of External Affairs said Modi thanked Mohamed bin Zayed for “taking great care of the 3.5 million Indian community in the UAE, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic”. He also invited them to come to India at the earliest.
Earlier this month, the UAE joined the criticism of the Islamic world against remarks on the prophet by now-suspended and expelled BJP leaders Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal.
The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) expressed “condemnation and disapproval of the insults of the Prophet”, “reaffirming the UAE’s steadfast disapproval of all practices and practices contrary to moral and human values and principles” and ” Underlined. There is a need to respect and not violate religious symbols as well as face hate speech and violence.”
Modi’s last visit to the UAE was in August 2019, when he received the UAE’s highest award, the ‘Order of Zayed’.