Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrive UAE on Friday night to hold talks with his counterpart Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Saturday.

PM Modi in a statement said on Thursday, “I look forward to discuss with His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, [the] entire gamut of bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest.”

“I also look forward to jointly release the stamp to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi along with His Highness the Crown Prince. It will be an honor to receive the ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE government, during this visit,” Modi added.

To extend the Indian network of cashless transactions abroad, Modi said he will be formally launching RuPay card in the UAE. The Indian Prime Minister further stated that “The 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 the UAE.”

Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE said, “We are delighted that the prime minister is going to be here this weekend for his third visit during the last four years and during these four years, we have seen an absolute transformation in ties between India and the UAE. This particular visit is important because the prime minister will be receiving the UAE’s highest civilian award, the Order of Zayed.”

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