Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to be chief guest on Republic Day in 2017

The decision to invite the Saudi Crown Prince was announced by External Affairs Spokesman Vikas Swarup on Sunday.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 2, 2016 8:38 pm
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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade next year.

This was announced by External Affairs Spokesman Vikas Swarup here on Sunday.

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“We hope to welcome a dear friend of India, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, as Republic Day 2017 Chief Guest,” he tweeted.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mohamed bin Zayed expressed “thanks for the kind invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations”.

“Our strong relations are deeply rooted in history. Our strategic cooperation has increased, driven by our mutual aspirations to develop it,” the Crown Prince said.

The visit of Al Nahyan, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE armed forces, is expected to give boost to bilateral ties in the key areas of trade and security.

It is also significant given that UAE is a close ally of Pakistan, whom India is trying to diplomatically isolate over the issue of cross-border terrorism.

During Modi’s visit in August last year, the two countries had condemned efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries, or to use terrorism as instrument of state policy.

They had also decided to strengthen their cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism.

Trade is another important component of the bilateral ties as UAE is India’s third largest trading partner after China and the United States. Bilateral trade between UAE and India is around USD 60 billion.

There are also more than 2.6 million Indians live in the UAE and their annual remittance is estimated to be around USD14 billion.

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    S.M.PASGA
    Jan 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    ALL INDIA FORUM OF MUSLIM JOURNALISTSlt;br/gt;“Baithul Aman” 22/51, Barracks Road, Periamet,lt;br/gt;Chennai 600003lt;br/gt;Email: lt;br/gt;Phone: 9948681610lt;br/gt;Respected brother/sisterlt;br/gt;alamualaikum-o-Rahmathullahibarkathuhu.lt;br/gt;We have issued an open letter to His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, who will, Insha Allh, be the Chief Guest in the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. The following is the text of the said Open letter. We request you kindly to endorse our plea by writing to him c/o the UAE Emby in India based at New Delhi.lt;br/gt;TEXT OF OUR LETTER TO H.H. THE CROWN PRINCE OF ABUlt;br/gt; DHABIlt;br/gt;‘” THE ALL INDIA FORUM OF MUSLIM JOURNALISTS, CHENNAI, HEARTILY WELCOMES HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH MOHAMMAD bin ZA al NAHYAN, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to India as the Chief Guest in its Republic Day celebrations on the 26th January 2017, Insha Allah.lt;br/gt;The Forum umbly and respectfully appeals to His Highness to utilize his visit to our Motherland to prevail upon the Right Wing Conservative Government of India to put an end to the atrocities on the Muslim minority community – for example- the proposed impostion of the UNIFORM CIVIL CODE replacing the Muslim Personal Law [ the sacred Shariah]; the unjustified destruction of the life and honour of the revered and por Islamic Scholar Dr.Zakir Naik and his IRF and Peace T.V. whom Your Highness gracefully awarded the Islamic Personality Award in recognition of his yeoman services to the humanity in general and Islam in particular and the plans to destroy the Minority Character of the Aligarh Muslim University.lt;br/gt;We, in graude bound, shall invoke the blessings of Allah Subhanathallah on you and yours by appealing:lt;br/gt;JAZAK ALLAH KHAIRUN FID DUNYA WAL AAQIRAHlt;br/gt;S.M.PASHAlt;br/gt;Convener
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      K H
      Oct 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm
      Nobody in IE editorial group reads the news before publishing. The dignitary invited is the Crown Prince of UAE. Your second line says Saudi Crown Prince. Dont you know they are two different countries ? Are you sleeping ?
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        Anad
        Oct 2, 2016 at 6:12 pm
        Great and excellant decision by Modi .Millions of indians are working in middle east countries and Abu dhabi crown Prince and Army chief is higly powerful in the gulf region.More over Abu dhabi and UAE are having good diplomatic and busness relation with India.Recent visit of Modi to UAE was highly succesvul in terms of strengthening the relationship between the countries.Beside Abu dhabi is rich in oil and is building the biggest terminal at Fujairah which can be used by india for bilateral business .Modi is prooving to be the most pragmatic leader with long term vision.
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