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(UPDATES) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Abu Dhabi; as it happened
August 16, 2015, 5:28 pm
Modi was received by Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi at the airport, in a departure from the protocol. (Photo: @narendramodi/Twitter)

Updates on the Prime Minister’s visit to the UAE for 16 August:

10:43 pm: A long wait for the Indian community ends. On the occasion of PM's visit, UAE Govt decides to allot land for building a temple in Abu Dhabi.


9.00 pm: PM Narendra Modi interacts with Indian workers, at ICAD Residential City (Abu Dhabi).

8.45 pm: PM Modi closes his visit to the mosque with a selfie. 

8.35 pm: PM Narendra Modi signs in the Visitors Book at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, saying " I am delighted to visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. This magnificent place of worship strikes you with its size and beauty. It brings together exquisite skills and creations from around the world, and serves as a fine example of human achievements and unity. I am confident it will be a symbol of peace, piety, harmony and inclusiveness that are inherent to the faith of Islam. It will also serve to remind generations about the extraordinary vision and leadership of the president of UAE, his highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan AL Nahyan."

Modi (centre) visits the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi




4.30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi. He is the first Indian PM to visit UAE in over three decades.

4.35 pm: Crown Prince of UAE, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan gives a grand, ceremonial welcome to PM, breaking protocol. In a significant gesture, the five brothers of Crown Prince Nahyan are also present to receive the PM. The usual protocol is for the Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah to receive dignitaries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country has always abided by the principle of non-interference in other nations and has consistently supported dialogue as a means to resolve all issues.

Source: The Hindu


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