Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived within the United Arab Emirates on Monday, simply weeks after a high official’s remarks in regards to the Prophet Muhammad set off anger within the Gulf.
PM Modi shared an embrace with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who met him at Abu Dhabi airport, in line with a tweet by the international ministry spokesperson.
“I’m touched by the particular 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,” PM Modi tweeted.
The one-day go to by PM Modi, who’s heading again to India after attending the G7 summit in Germany, follows protests by Gulf states earlier this month after a spokesperson for his occasion made disparaging remarks in regards to the Prophet Muhammad on TV.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia condemned the feedback, whereas Qatar and Kuwait summoned their Indian ambassadors. One Kuwaiti grocery store took Indian items off its cabinets.
The remarks have been additionally blamed for clashes in India and prompted calls for for her arrest.
The International Minister stated PM Modi’s go to was to convey his sympathies to Sheikh Mohamed — whose brother, former president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, died in Might — and his congratulations on taking up as chief.
The 2 international locations get pleasure from robust commerce and cultural ties, with Indians making up 35 p.c of the UAE’s 10 million inhabitants, the most important expatriate group.
India-UAE commerce is valued at $59 billion, making the oil-rich Gulf nation India’s third largest buying and selling accomplice for the yr 2019-20 after China and america, in line with the international ministry.
The UAE can also be India’s third largest export vacation spot, with practically $16 billion clocked in 2020-21, it added. Main exports embody petroleum merchandise, valuable metals, stones, gems and jewelry, minerals, meals and textiles.
In February, the 2 international locations signed a Complete Financial Partnership Settlement to spice up commerce and funding.
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