The State Visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to India from 24th to 26th January as the Chief Guest of India’s 68th Republic Day celebrations marked a momentous occasion in relations between India and the UAE, said a joint statement at the conclusion of Shaikh Mohammad’s visit to India.
The statement added that the strong bonds of friendship between UAE and India have found clear expression in the series of high-level bilateral visits between the two countries in the past two years, noting that the visit afforded a timely opportunity to both Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to further build upon their close and regular consultations which began in August 2015.
Shaikh Mohammad and Narendra Modi “expressed satisfaction that these ties have been maturing into a robust relationship across a broad spectrum of political, economic, trade and investment, energy, education, culture and security spheres”, reported WAM, the state news agency.
Highlights of the visit
- During the visit, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising Cabinet Ministers, senior officials and business leaders.
- He received a ceremonial welcome in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan on 25th January.
- President Shri Pranab Mukherjee hosted a dinner banquet in honour of the Crown Prince, which was preceded by official discussions.
- Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed met with Vice-President Shri Mohammed Hamid Ansari and had delegation-level discussions with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who also hosted a banquet lunch in honour of the visiting dignitary.
This visit afforded a timely opportunity to both Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and Prime Minister Modi to further build upon their close and regular consultations which began in August, 2015, the statement said.
India and UAE agreed to support each other’s UN candidacy and campaigns, noting calls among UN member states for the reform of the UN Security Council, including expansion in both categories of membership, to make it more representative of the contemporary world.
Modi thanked Sheikh Mohammed for the UAE’s support for India’s candidacy for permanent membership in the UN -Security Council.
Agreements were also signed in law enforcement and combating transnational organised crimes such as drug and human trafficking, illegal migration, fake currency smuggling and money laundering.
Sheikh Mohammed voiced appreciation for the contributions of the Indian community in the UAE, saying Indian expatriates were highly respected for their peaceful nature and work ethic.
Modi thanked the UAE leadership for ensuring the welfare of the Indian community and the labour reforms undertaken by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.