The prime minister’s first visit to the UAE took place in august 2015 and he visited the UAE for the second time as prime minister in february last year and held wide-ranging talks with the president of UAE. In February, the crown prince telephoned modi and his Pakistani counterpart imran khan as part of his efforts to mend Indo-Pak tensions in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack claimed by the Pakistan-based jaish-e-mohammed terror group which killed forty CRPF personnel. After their talks,the two sided signed five agreements related to defence, energy sector, railways, manpower and financial services.
In a statement issued on 4th April 2019, the Indian PM thanked the UAE president and crown prince for rewarding his role to boost strategic and trade ties between the two nations and accepted the zayed medal, one of the top civilian honours accorded by the United Arab Emirates. “Thank you, your highness Mohamed bin zayed al nahyan. I accept this honour with utmost humility. Under your leadership, our strategic ties have reached new heights .This friendship is contributing to peace and prosperity of our people and planet” PM modi said.
“We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra modi, who gave these relations a big boost. In appreciation of his efforts, the UAE president grants him the zayed medal,” crown prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin zayed tweeted. He said “by granting our dear friend the Indian pm the zayed medal, we express our appreciation for his role and efforts in developing friendly relations and extending bridges of cooperation between the UAE and the republic of India in various fields”. “I am extremely happy to welcome the announcement of order of zayed for a great son of india prime minister narendra modi by his highness Mohamed bin zayed” external affairs minister sushma swaraj tweeted. She said the prestigious award was bestowed on modi in recognition of his “stellar role” in ushering in a new era of strategic partnership with the UAE and the “best ever” relations with the Islamic world. “On behalf of the people of India, I express our deep sense of gratitude to his highness the president, his highness the crown prince of UAE for his great honour. With this, you have honoured India and the people of India”. Swaraj said.
According to the reports it is claimed that the Prime Minister Narendra modi could inaugurate the first hindu temple on 20th april, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, before the month of Ramadan.
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