Revealed: Indian PM Modi’s plans for UAE, Bahrain visits


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will jointly release a stamp to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi along with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during his two-day visit to UAE, beginning on Friday.

In a statement ahead of his visit to the UAE and Bahrain, Modi also said he looked forward to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest with the Crown Prince.

“I will also formally launch RuPay card to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad,” the Prime Minister said.

RuPay is the Indian equivalent of MasterCard or Visa.

Modi will also receive the ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE government.

“UAE is our third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India. The qualitative enhancement of these ties is among one of our foremost foreign policy achievements. The visit would further strengthen our multifaceted bilateral ties with UAE,” Modi said.

On his visit to Bahrain, the Indian Prime Miniter said he looked forward to discussing with Prime Minister Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the ways to further boost India-Bahrain bilateral relations and share views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

“I would also be meeting His Majesty the King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and other leaders,” Modi said.

Modi’s visit to Bahrain will be the first Prime Ministerial visit from India to the Kingdom.

Modi said he would interact with the Indian diaspora and attend the formal beginning of the re-development of Shreenathji temple – the oldest in the Gulf region – in the wake of the auspicious festival of Janmashtami during his visit to Bahrain.

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