India and UAE are involved in delicate discussions to organise a visit by PM Narendra Modi to Abu Dhabi on April 20 to inaugurate the Gulf Nation’s first Hindu temple in the backdrop of local sentiments ahead of Ramadan.
The two sides are at present in speaks to organise a successful visit by the PM. The UAE government has estimated Delhi about the local sentiments that could be associated with the event ahead of Ramadan, ET has learnt.
In case he visits Abu Dhabi on April 20 this would certainly be Modi’s last trip abroad as PM in his present term.
Modi had laid the foundation stone of the temple during his last visit to Abu Dhabi in February 2018. He had witnessed the ground breaking ceremony (‘shila pujan’) for the temple during that visit and attended the World Government Summit in Dubai.
The PM had laid the foundation stone for the Swaminarayan temple of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar PurushottamSwaminarayan Sanstha through videoconferencing from the Dubai Opera House, exactly where he addressed the members of the Indian community.
The temple has been constructed on 55,000 sq m donated by Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The structure has been hand-carved by Indian artisans and assembled in the UAE. The temple is a replica of the one in Delhi and another under construction in New Jersey, US.
India-UAE ties have been elevated to a new level ever since Modi visited Abu Dhabi in 2015. From inviting India for the very first time ever as a guest of honour in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) despite a boycott by Pakistan, to promising to invest $75 billion to raise infrastructure and to opening up the defence and space industry collaboration, ties have come a long way in the past three years. Investment options have been made into National Infrastructure Investment Fund from Abu Dhabi’s sovereign fund.
The UAE has also contributed
The UAE, on its part, is becoming looking to enhance quota for its airlines from various Indian states, including Kerala