Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd as President Pranab Mukherjee and General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Adu Dhabi look on after attending the 68th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi on Thursday.
New Delhi - Sheikh Mohamed's visit was a 'momentous occasion' in relations between India and the UAE.
UAE troops led the way in India's Republic Day parade on the third and final day of the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The 149-strong Emirati contingent was the first in the marching order, behind only the parade commander, his second-in-command, and gallantry award winners.
"Republic Day is an example of how positive values propel nations into greatness. This is something that we in the UAE take at heart," Sheikh Mohamed tweeted in the morning. "UAE's participation in Republic Day celebrations reflects the depth of our ties which are based on mutual respect and common interest."
A joint statement released by the two countries hours after the parade noted that Sheikh Mohamed's visit was a 'momentous occasion' in relations between India and the UAE.
In the statement, both sides expressed satisfaction at the progress made since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic visit to the UAE in August 2015, and noted that the meetings between Modi and Sheikh Mohamed were 'productive' and 'fruitful.'
"The two leaders noted that the mutually beneficial ties between the two countries were driven by the aspirations of their two peoples and the shared ideals on which their two nations are based," it read.
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