Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Tuesday greeted with a hug by the President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as he expressed his personal condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former President of the Gulf nation. had arrived. ,
Sheikh Khalifa, who took over as president in November 2004, died on 13 May at the age of 73 after a prolonged illness. The Government of India declared one day of state mourning.
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Modi tweeted, “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.”
In a video shared by news agency ANI, PM Modi can be seen walking with open arms towards the President of the United Arab Emirates, as he arrives for his brief visit after attending the G7 summit in Germany. Were. News agency PTI reported that the UAE ruler was accompanied by senior members of the royal family.
This is the first interaction between the two leaders since the election of the UAE leader as the new President of the Gulf country last month, news agency PTI reported.
PM Modi last visited the UAE in August 2019, when he received the country’s highest award – the Order of Zayed – conferred on him by the late UAE President.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visited the UAE on 15 May to offer formal condolences to the UAE leadership from the Government of India on the demise of Sheikh Khalifa.
Earlier today, the Prime Minister attended the G7 summit, in which leaders from seven of the world’s richest economies discussed key global issues, including the Ukraine war, food security and counter-terrorism.
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