In a special gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today received Sheikh Mohammad bin Zated Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, at the airport as he arrived for the Republic Day celebrations on Thursday.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE armed forces, will be the Chief Guest at this year’s Republic Day parade. He is on a three-day visit and will hold comprehensive talks with PM Modi tomorrow.
A contingent of the UAE armed forces will also march with the Indian armed forces at the Republic Day parade.
During the visit, India aims to expand counter-terror cooperation with the UAE, which was once seen as a key strategic ally of Pakistan. In 2015, during PM Modi’s visit, the UAE made a critical shift in its policy by backing India on terrorism from Pakistani soil, something they are expected to reaffirm in the visit.