Video: Indian Prime Minister Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi - Modi is set to meet Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi on Friday evening for a two-day visit to the UAE.
Modi is on a tri-nation tour that started in France on August 22 where he held bilateral meetings including a summit interaction with President Macron and a meeting with Prime Minister Philippe.
Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, welcomed the Indian premier and his accompanying delegation upon arrival at the Presidential Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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"Looking forward to holding talks with His Highness Crown
Prince @MohamedBinZayedand discussing the full range of friendship between India and UAE," Modi tweeted after touching down on Abu Dhabi where he was offered a red carpet welcome.
"Deepening economic relations will also be on the agenda during this visit," said Modi.
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During the visit on Saturday, Modi will receive the Order of Zayed - the UAE's highest civilian honour His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces at a special ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
Modi is the first Indian leader to receive the honour. Both the leaders will hold bilateral talks and also discuss issues of regional and international importance.
A commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi would also be jointly released released by the two leaders on the occasion of Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.
Later in the day, a memorandum of understanding will be signed for the launch of RuPay Card, an Indian equivalent of Master or Visa card. The event will be held at the Emirates Palace. "A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a technology interface between the payment platforms in India and UAE would be exchanged between the National Payments Corporation of India and UAE's Mercury Payments Services.
This will enable the RuPay card to be used at point-of-sale terminals across the UAE," Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's third official visit is considered another important milestone in the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
This is Modi's third state visit to the UAE in the last five years - first in August 2015 and in February 2018 where he was the key note speaker at the World Government Summit in Dubai.
Both the countries have witnessed an unprecedented synergy since Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014. The PM said strengthening the ties between the two countries is one of the most important priority of his foreign policy agenda.
Modi will fly to Bahrain on Saturday evening where he will address the Indian community in a public meeting.