Prime Minister Narendra Modi met UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and discussed ways to expand bilateral cooperation in trade, defence and people-to-people contacts in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Prime Minister was welcomed by UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Saturday evening. He landed at Abu Dhabi after a hectic day-long trip to Ramallah, Palestine. He travelled to Ramallah by Jordanian helicopters from Amman along with Israeli escort helicopters.
While addressing Indian community in Dubai’s Opera house, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India’s relations with the UAE were much more than that of a buyer and a seller. He appreciated India’s growing ties with the Gulf countries as “deep, broad and vibrant.”
He said, “Today, be it the UAE or other Gulf nations, our relation with them is not just that of a buyer and a seller. It has become much more.”
Describing his government’s achievement in attaining better ranking in ease of doing business, Prime Minister said, “India’s leap in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 142 to 100 is unprecedented. But we are not satisfied at this, we want to do better. We will do whatever it takes to make it possible,” he told the Indian community. He also assured the gathering of his government’s best efforts in realising their dreams.
He hailed his government’s bold decisions like demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST). “GST had been languishing for seven years, but now it is a reality,” he said.
He further said, “My government’s mantra is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas‘. With Aadhaar, $8 billion worth of leakages have been plugged. There’s a digital payment revolution happening in India.”
Criticising his opponents, Modi said even the poor people agree with the fact that demonetisation was a right move. But some people “lost their sleep and they are still mourning” he added.
Apart from his official meetings, Prime Minister also participated in the World Government Summit held in Dubai as Guest of Honor.
Prime Minister also formally laid foundation of first Hindu temple in UAE through teleconferencing. Modi also met business leaders of member countries of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and spoke at length about the business opportunities available in India. At this meeting he also described the vision of “New India” and shared the ease of doing business.
Modi also thanked the UAE which provided almost 30 lakh people from India a home like environment, away from home.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave UAE on Sunday evening for Muscat, Oman, in the fourth leg of his four day four nation trip. Technical halt in Jordan, before reaching Palestine, was turned into an official visit at the last minute.