Warm welcome to Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi at Indian Republic Day celebrations


Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be visiting India from January 24 to 26 as a Chief Guest of Republic Day celebrations.
NEW DELHI: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of United Arab Emirates,  Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will arrive India on January 24 and will stay here for two days i.e.upto 26th of  January.  He will attend the Republic Day celebrations as chief guest, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday.Mohamed bin Zayed expressed “Thanks for the kind invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations”, to our Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi in a letter. He will be the second leader from the Gulf to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade after the king of Saudi Arabia in 2006. The UAE was the first Gulf country Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to visit.


He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Ministers, senior officials and captains of industry, the ministry said in a statement.During his visit to  India, Sheikh Mohamed will hold discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on bilateral, regional and global issues of common interest.

The visiting dignitary will also call on  Pranab Mukherjee, the President  Hamid Ansari, the Vice President.This is the second visit of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to India since February 2016.Bilateral trade between the UAE and India stood at about $50 billion in 2015-16.The Gulf nation is among the top investors in India in terms of foreign investments and was the fifth- largest supplier of crude oil to India in 2015-16.


During PM Modi’s visit in August last year, the two countries had condemned efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries, or to use terrorism as a weapon of state policy.They had also decided to strengthen their cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism.
We hope to welcome a dear friend of India.