After Germany, PM Modi's camaraderie with UAE President steals the show in Abu Dhabi


PM Narendra Modi with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday (Images courtesy: PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his flying visit to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday afternoon after conveying his personal condolences to UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other royal family members on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, former President and Abu Dhabi ruler.

In a special gesture, the UAE President accompanied by senior members of his family was at the Abu Dhabi airport to welcome PM Modi who had a brief stopover in the country while returning home after attending the G7 summit held in Germany's Schloss Elmau.

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"I am touched by the special gesture of my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, of coming to welcome me at Abu Dhabi airport. My gratitude to him. @MohamedBinZayed," tweeted the Prime Minister after landing in Abu Dhabi.

PM Modi conveyed his personal condolences on the passing away of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan last month to President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other Royal Family members NSA Sheikh Tahnoun, DPM Sheikh Mansour, MD ADIA Sheikh Hamed and FM Sheikh Abdullah.

"The PM congratulated Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on his election as the third President of the UAE and becoming the Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Both leaders reiterated their commitment to further deepen and diversify the India-UAE Comprehensive Strategic Partnership," tweeted the External Affairs Ministry.

This was PM Modi's first meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan since his election as the new President of the UAE and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

The Indian PM last visited UAE in August 2019 while Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's last visit to India - as then Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi - took place in January 2017 when he was also the chief guest at Republic Day celebrations.

As reported by, during the virtual summit in February this year, both countries also signed the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which has since entered into force and the first consignments under that CEPA agreement have started flowing from India to UAE and vice versa.

"We are all aware that India and UAE share very close and friendly relations, whose foundations lay in our historical people to people contacts. Our vision for bilateral relations includes partnership in diverse areas, including trade, investment, energy, particularly renewable energy, food security, health, defense, skill development, education and culture," Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra had said before the PM's departure for Germany.  

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