PM Modi to visit UAE and Bahrain next week

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain from August 23, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Sunday.

The Prime Minister will first go to the UAE on August 23 and will be meeting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Receiving the Zayed Medal

The prime minister would receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civil decoration of the UAE, which was conferred earlier in April 2019 in recognition of the distinguished leadership of Modi for giving a big boost to bilateral relations between the two countries, an MEA statement said.

The award in the name of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, acquires special significance as it was awarded to Modi in the year of the birth centenary of Sheikh Zayed.

Recent years have seen India and UAE come closer and an increase in the number of high-level visits between the 2 countries.

Modi first visited the country in August 2015 which was followed by the visit of Sheikh Mohamed in 2016. The following year the Crown Prince was the chief guest at India’s republic day parade and again in 2018, Modi visited UAE and was the chief guest at the sixth World Government Summit in Dubai.

Maiden visit to Bahrain

His second stop will be Bahrain where he would meet and hold talks with Prince Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, to discuss the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and also regional and international issues of mutual interest. The Bahraini King would host a banquet dinner in honour of Indian PM.

Modi would also launch the renovation of Shreenathji (Shree Krishna) temple in Manama.

The focus of the visit is on increasing bilateral ties, especially economics and trade. There are 23 branches of prominent Indian banks/companies registered in Bahrain and India’s total capital investment into Bahrain between January 2003 and March 2018 has been estimated at approximately US $1.69 billion.

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