Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan here. In a special gesture, Sheikh Mohamed, accompanied by senior members of the Royal family, received Prime Minister Modi at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport.
“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,” Modi tweeted in Arabic and English languages. This is their first interaction after the UAE leader’s election as the new president of the Gulf nation last month. Modi conveyed his personal condolences on the passing away of Sheikh Khalifa, who died on May 13 at the age of 73 after a long illness.
India had announced one day of state mourning following the demise of Sheikh Khalifa. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu last month visited the UAE and offered condolences to the UAE leadership on the demise of Sheikh Khalifa.
Modi had expressed grief over Sheikh Khalifa’s death, calling him a great statesman and visionary leader under whom India-UAE relations prospered. Modi arrived here after attending a productive G7 Summit in Germany.
The UAE was India’s third-largest trading partner for the year 2019-20 after China and US, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.
The UAE is the third-largest export destination of India (after the US and China) with an amount of nearly USD 16 billion for the year 2020-21.