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ORDER OF ZAYED HONOUR: A Milestone Moment in Indo-UAE Ties

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The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan being received by the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, at the ceremonial reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on January 25, 2017.

The award in the name of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, acquires special significance as it was awarded to Prime Minister Modi in the Year of Tolerance…. reports Asian Lite News

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The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan being received by the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, at the ceremonial reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on January 25, 2017.

At a time when Pakistan is virtually begging for support from the Muslim world against India for Kashmir, it faces a huge rebuff from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with the key Islamic nation set to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi and honour him with the country’s highest civilian award – Order of Zayed

The Indian government has said the UAE’s highest civil decoration, the Order of Zayed, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi would ceremonially receive in Abu Dhabi is of “special significance.”

Mr Raveesh Kumar, Spokesman of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, said in a statement that “the award in the name of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, acquires special significance as it was awarded to Prime Minister Modi in the Year of Tolerance.

He recalled that the Order of Zayed was conferred in April 2019 in recognition of the initiatives by Modi for “giving a big boost to bilateral relations between the two countries.” With a robust flow of bilateral investments and an annual bilateral trade of about US$60 billion, Modi’s latest visit “would further strengthen India’s friendly bilateral ties with the UAE,” the statement added.

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Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi receiving the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on his arrival in New Delhi

At a time when Pakistan is virtually begging for support from the Muslim world against India for Kashmir, it faces a huge rebuff from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with the key Islamic nation set to host Prime Minister Modi and honour him with the countrys highest civilian award.

This comes days after UAE’s Ambassador to India, Ahmad Al Banna, said his country found nothing wrong in the Modi government’s decision to reorganize Jammu and Kashmir and that it was purely an internal matter of India.

The UAE does not see the decision to end special status of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation as some unique incident and views it as a measure aimed at reducing regional disparities.

Against this backdrop, Modi will be in UAE for two days from Friday and will meet Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.

A major highlight of the visit will be the presentation of ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civilian honour of the UAE, to Modi. The UAE had announced the honour for Modi in April this year for giving a boost to the bilateral relations.

The award is instituted in the name of the country’s founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and is being presented to Modi in the year of his birth centenary, which adds even greater significance to it.

This is the third visit by Modi to UAE in four years and has added importance considering the fact that it is taking place at a time when Pakistan is trying to garner support, particularly from the Muslim countries, against India over abolition of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state.

In that context, it marks a major setback for Pakistan and highlights the extent of isolation it has been subjected to, even in the Islamic world. The UAE, which is the largest business hub in the Gulf region, hosts a big Indian diaspora and is a destination for a huge number of Indian tourists.

India-UAE ties were elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2015. In February 2018, Modi visited the UAE as Chief Guest at the World Government Summit. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2017.

India-UAE bilateral trade stands at $60 billion, and the UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner. The UAE is also the fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India and is home to a 3.3 million-strong Indian community.

The Prime Minister’s visit will be marked by the launch of RuPay card, “an Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa”, making the UAE the first country in the Middle East to have it, Indian Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri said in an interview to Emirates News Agency.

“A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to establish a technology interface between the payment platforms in India and UAE, would be exchanged between the National Payments Corporation of India and UAE’s Mercury Payments Services. This will enable the RuPay card to be used at point-of-sale terminals across the UAE,” Suri said in the interview.

He said introduction of RuPay card is expected to benefit the Indian diaspora as also tourism and trade.

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