Indian PM Narendra Modi to visit UAE, Bahrain on 23-25 August
PM to meet Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in the UAE and launch renovation of Manama's Shreenathji Hindu temple in Bahrain
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will conduct state visits to the UAE on 23-24 August, 2019 and to Bahrain on 24-25 August, 2019, during which he will meet with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, and HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, as well as launch the renovation of the Hindu temple during the first Prime Ministerial visit from India to Bahrain.
The PM is expected to discuss “bilateral, regional, and international matters of mutual interest” with Sheikh Mohammed.
According to a statement by India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Modi will, during his visit, receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civil decoration of the UAE which was conferred on him in April 2019.
The UAE and India’s annual bilateral trade is valued at $60bn, and the UAE is India’s third-largest trading partner, as well as its fourth-largest exporter of crude oil.
In Bahrain, Modi will be hosted for a banquet dinner with HM the King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The Indian ministry said Modi would “also launch the renovation of [the] Shreenathji (Shree Krishna) temple in Manama”.
Indian-Bahraini bilateral trade reached $1.3bn in 2018-19, and with 3.5 million nationals, Indians make up the largest expatriate community in Bahrain.