Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived here today to a warm welcome by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who went to the airport to receive the “special friend”.
During Al Nahyan’s three-day trip, his first State visit (rpt) first State visit to India, the two countries will discuss ways to enhance ties in a range of areas including energy, economy and security and are expected to sign a number of agreements in sectors like oil nuclear energy, IT, aerospace, railways and electronics.
“A special welcome for a special friend. PM @narendramodi personally receives HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” tweeted the PMO with a photo of the two leaders shaking hands at the Palam Technical Airpor.
Modi had visited UAE in August last year, the first by an Indian Prime Minister after a gap of 34 years, and Al Nahyan had received him at the Abu Dhabi airport.
“This is Sheikh Mohammed’s 1st state visit to India & am glad he is visiting with his family,” Modi said in a tweet.
“Sheikh Mohammed is a visionary leader. His visit will add new vigour and momentum to comprehensive strategic partnership between India & UAE,” the Prime Minister added.
Al Nahyan, also the Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE armed forces, is accompanied by a power-packed delegation for his three-day trip till February 12 which includes several top ministers and over 100 business tycoons and CEOs of top companies.
Official sources said Modi went to the airport to receive the Crown Prince without any disturbance to the normal traffic in a compact carcade without having any ambulance.