New Delhi, Feb 13 (EFE).- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday began a two-nation tour of the Middle East, including Qatar, which recently released eight former Indian navy officers, who had been sentenced to death following espionage charges.
“I am traveling to the United Arab Emirates on an official visit from 13-14 February and to Qatar from 14-15 February,” Modi said in a statement issued by his office.
The Indian leader will meet UAE’s President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to “hold wide-ranging discussions on taking forward” the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership signed between the two countries, the statement added.
He will also be the guest of honor at the World Government Summit 2024 in Dubai on Wednesday.
After the conclusion of the forum, he will inaugurate the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. He had laid the temple’s foundation stone in 2018.
The inauguration of the temple in the UAE comes almost a month after Modi’s consecration of a temple, dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Ram in India.
This is the seventh visit to the UAE since Modi came to power in 2014, a sign of the close ties between both countries, whose cooperation in trade and investment, defense and security, food and energy security and education has “grown manifold.,” the Indian leader said.
“Our cultural and people-to-people connect is stronger than ever,” he added.
On Thursday, the Indian prime minister will travel to Qatar, where he will meet the Qatari emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, “under whose leadership Qatar continues to witness tremendous growth and transformation,” Modi said.
Modi’s visit to Qatar comes after Monday’s release of eight former Indian Navy personnel, who were sentenced to death allegedly for espionage, and whose sentence was commuted in December after New Delhi appealed the verdict. EFE