PM Modi and UAE Ruler greet each other with hugs after being “touched by the unique gesture”
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, hugged Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrived to offer his condolences on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the former leader of the Gulf country. Sheikh Khalifa, the president since November 2004, died on May 13 at the age of 73 following a protracted illness. One day of national mourning was declared by the Indian government.
“My brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, made the thoughtful gesture of meeting me at the Abu Dhabi airport, and I am moved by it. I appreciate him, “In a tweet, Modi. The UAE president was welcomed with open arms when he arrived for his brief visit after attending the G7 Summit in Germany, as shown in a video posted by the news agency ANI. Senior members of the royal family were also with the ruler of the UAE, according to news source PTI.
Since the UAE leader was elected as the new president of the Gulf state last month, this is their first meeting, according to news agency PTI. When PM Modi last traveled to the UAE in August 2019, the late UAE President presented him with the Order of Zayed, the country’s highest honor. On May 15, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu traveled to the UAE to express the nation’s official condolences.