Modi will also become the first ever prime minister from India to visit Bahrain
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit the UAE and Bahrain later this week.
During his state visit to the UAE on Friday and Saturday, Modi will meet His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, where they will discuss bilateral, regional and international issues affecting the two countries.
Modi will also receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civil decoration of the UAE, which was awarded in April 2019 in recognition of his distinguished leadership in promoting relations between the two countries.
Trade between India and the UAE recently reached $60 billion, while more than 3 million Indians live in the UAE.
Modi previously visited the UAE in August 2015, the first visit by an Indian prime minister in 34 years, and February 2018, when he was the chief guest at the World Government Summit..
Following his trip to the UAE, he will fly to Bahrain for his August 24-25 visit where he will become the first ever prime minister from India to visit the kingdom. During the two-day visit he will also launch the renovation of the Shreenathji (Shree Krishna) temple in Manama.
India also has strong economic relations with Bahrain, with the presence of over 3,000 Indian-owned/joint ventures in the kingdom.
Modi’s scheduled visits to UAE and Bahrain, comes in the wake of his government’s decision to scrap Article 370 and 35A – which accorded certain special provisions to the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. This is being seen as India’s efforts to build a strategic narrative on the controversial Kashmir issue, and also against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.