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Narendra Modi launches project to build Abu Dhabi's firts Hindu stone temple

11 February 2018

"It is a matter of pride for not only me but also the 125 crore people of India that I have been called as the Chief Guest at the World Government Summit", Modi said. He also commended the Indian community for working together with the people of the Gulf region, as partners in their dreams for the future.

He thanked the Gulf countries - a home to almost 3.3 million strong Indian diaspora - for providing them "a home away from home". "UAE has respected our culture and it is our responsibility to uphold the principles of peace and tolerance".

Modi's West Bank visit was seen, in part, as an attempt to appease the Palestinians after he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for six days last month, in a reflection of warming ties between Israel and India.

Reiterating India's support for an independent, sovereign and peaceful Palestine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asserted that relations between India and Palestine have "stood the test of time". However, he asserted that a lot of work had to be done. "Taking India story to the business leaders!" But we are not satisfied with this, we want to improve even more. Representatives of all major organisations and a number of Indian professionals were invited to the event. We appreciate it, " Mr Modi said, President Abbas described Mr. Modi as a "great guest" and said Palestine was relying on India's influence, its voice on strategic and economic levels and standing on the global fora which would be conducive to the desired goal of peace process process with Israel.

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Before the address, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the BAPS Temple project via video conferencing.

Earlier in the day, Modi paid tributes at the UAE war memorial Wahat Al Karama near Abu Dhabi.

Modi was received by Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Director of The Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court.

This is his second state visit to the UAE after August 2015.

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On Sunday, Modi unveiled the model of the traditional stone temple that will be built in Abu Dhabi, which is scheduled to be completed by 2020.

The Prime Minister other high-level engagements include a bilateral meeting with UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and other UAE government officials.

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India is in Dubai on a state visit and the red carpet has well and truly been rolled out.

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Narendra Modi launches project to build Abu Dhabi's firts Hindu stone temple