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PM to visit UAE on February 13-14 to inaugurate the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

It would be Modi's seventh visit to the UAE since 2015, MEA said announcing the trip

New Delhi, EW News: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) beginning Tuesday during which he will hold wide-ranging talks with President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and inaugurate the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi.

It would be the prime minister’s seventh visit to the UAE since 2015, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Saturday, announcing the trip. Modi and Al Nahyan will discuss ways to further deepen, expand, and strengthen the strategic partnership between the countries and exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, it said.

“The prime minister will also meet with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president, prime minister and defense minister of the UAE. India and UAE enjoy warm, close, and multi-faceted relations underpinned by strong political, cultural, and economic linkages”, the MEA said.

At his invitation, the prime minister will participate in the World Government Summit 2024 to be held in Dubai as the guest of honor and deliver a special keynote address at the summit,” the MEA said in a statement.

It said Modi will also inaugurate the BAPS Mandir, the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, adding he will also be addressing the Indian community in the UAE at an event in Zayed Sports City. Following the landmark visit of Modi to UAE in August 2015, bilateral relations between the two countries were elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Both countries signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in February 2022 and a Local Currency Settlement (LCS) System in July 2023 to promote the use of Indian Rupee and AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham) for cross-border transactions.

The two countries are among each other’s top trading partners with a bilateral trade of about USD 85 billion in 2022-23, according to official data. Also the UAE is also among the top four investors in India in terms of foreign direct investments in 2022-23.

“About 3.5 million strong and vibrant Indian community forms the largest expatriate group in the UAE. Their positive and well-appreciated contribution to the development of their host country has been an important anchor of our excellent bilateral engagement,” the MEA said.

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