Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his two-day visit to the UAE – his third to the country – after holding bilateral discussions with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday.
The leaders discussed enhancing bilateral relations and reviewed regional and global issues of common interest during an official session at Qasr Al Watan, official news agency WAM reported.
The two sides also explored opportunities for expanding joint cooperation across economic, commercial, investment, cultural and energy fields, and for tapping into the business potentials available in the two countries.
Sheikh Mohamed stressed the joint interest of the UAE and India on security in the Arabian Gulf, and emphasised the UAE’s unwavering stance regarding the importance of guaranteeing the freedom and safety of navigation throughout this region.
He also said the UAE supports all efforts to ensure peace on the Indian subcontinent, “as the region is of great strategic importance for security in Asia and the world”.
The two sides stressed the importance of continued cooperation, coordination and joint work.
Modi was also presented with the UAE’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Zayed, by Sheikh Mohamed at the Presidential Palace on Saturday.
In a tweet, Modi said he was “humbled” by the gesture.
Humbled to be conferred the ‘Order of Zayed’ a short while ago. More than an individual, this award is for India’s cultural ethos and is dedicated to 130 crore Indians.
I thank the UAE Government for this honour. pic.twitter.com/PWqIEnU1La
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 24, 2019
Modi also launched a special commemorative stamp to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi during the visit.
Mohamed bin Zayed presents the Indian Prime Minister with the Zayed Medal in recognition of his role in promoting friendship and cooperation; witnesses the launch of a special commemorative stamp to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. pic.twitter.com/Evf4YJqdFz
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) August 24, 2019
The Indian leader also unveiled the Indian payment platform RuPay in the UAE.
Similar to Mastercard and Visa, the RuPay card can be used at point-of-sale terminals.
Three banks in the UAE, including Emirates NBD, Bank of Baroda and First Abu Dhabi Bank will start issuing the card by next week, and it will be accepted at 175,000 merchant locations and 5,000 ATM and cash access locations, the Indian embassy said.
The RuPay card comes to UAE!
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 24, 2019