Modi, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince hold restricted meeting

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a restricted meeting with visiting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“A meeting at 7RCR… HH Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan meets PM @narendramodi at his residence,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders.

“An exceptional tete-a-tete. PM meets crown prince for a restricted meeting at 7RCR before talks in the evening,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup also tweeted.

Earlier on Thursday, the crown prince, who arrived here on Wednesday on a three-day visit to India, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

On Wednesday, Modi broke protocol as he personally received the crown prince on his arrival to Delhi.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on Sheikh Mohamed soon after his arrival on Wednesday.

A slew of agreements, including on defence equipment manufacturing and civil nuclear cooperation, were likely to be signed between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the crown prince’s visit.

The crown prince was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising cabinet ministers, senior officials and business leaders.