Modi reached UAE on Tuesday to pay his condolences on the passing away of former President of the UAE, Shaykh Khalifa Bin Zayed. PM Modi had a brief stopover in the gulf country on his return from the G7 summit in Germany.
He was received by United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan followed by a hug, Modi tweeted that he was touched by the special gesture of his ‘brother’ welcoming him at the Abu Dhabi airport.
Modi tweeted, “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.”
Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, addressing a briefing ahead of PM Modi’s visit to UAE, said security, education and investment are among areas of discussion between India and UAE and bilateral relations are “dynamic, robust, and widespread”, NDTV reported.
He said, “as far as Prophet issue is concerned, almost all Middle East countries have an understanding of India’s position. We’ve communicated our stand on various platforms. I don’t think that will be taken forward anymore” , while answering a query about the controversial remarks of a suspended BJP leader.
PM Modi’s visit comes weeks after a row over alleged inflammatory remarks were uttered against Prophet Muhammad by a the now suspended BJP spokesperson,which had caused a diplomatic outrage from 15 Muslim countries including the UAE.
The Prime Minister conveyed his personal condolences on the demise of former president of the Gulf nation Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the now UAE President.