New Delhi, Feb 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday witnessed laying of foundation stone for the BAPS Swaminarayan, first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE which is home to over three million people of Indian origin. After witnessing the groundbreaking ceremony which was live-streamed to the Dubai Opera House , PM also interacted with Indian community and thanked Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on behalf of 125 crore Indians for the construction of the grand temple.

“I thank the gulf countries which provided almost 30 Lakh people from India a home like environment, away from home, here. In our tradition, the temple is a conduit for humanity. I believe this temple will not be only unique in terms of architecture and splendour, but will also give a message of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam to people across the world, he said, while interacting with hundreds of Indians working in the UAE, who had gathered at the iconic Dubai Opera House.


Wooing UAE businessmen to invest in India, PM 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.” (Narendra Modi in UAE LIVE News and Updates)

PM Modi also hit out at Opposition for criticising Demonetisation and Goods and Service Taxes (GST) saying,”Even poor people would agree with the fact that demonetisation was a right move. GST has also been realized after 7 years.”

Earlier in the day, Modi laid a wreath at Wahat Al Karama, a war memorial of the UAE’s brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

“Inspiring way to begin another hectic day! PM @narendramodi paid tributes to brave soldiers of UAE who made ultimate sacrifice in the service of UAE at Wahat Al Karama, ‘Oasis of Dignity!’ in Abu Dhabi,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

After laying the wreath, Modi took a tour of the memorial and put his thoughts on the visitors’ book. Literally meaning “oasis of dignity”, Wahat Al Karama comprises 31 massive aluminium-clad tablets, each leaning on the other, symbolising the unity, solidarity and mutual support that bind together the leadership and citizens of the United Arab Emirates with the servicemen and women who protect them.

After visiting Palestine earlier on Saturday, Modi arrived in Dubai later in the evening on the second leg of his three-nation tour of West Asia and the Gulf. Following delegation-level talks between Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, India and the UAE signed five agreements on Saturday, including a historic one on energy cooperation that awarded a consortium of Indian oil companies led by ONGC Videsh a 10 per cent interest in Abu Dhabi’s offshore Lower Zakum concession.

This is Modi’s second visit to the UAE, home to over three million expatriate Indians, after his visit in 2015.

Later on Sunday, Prime Minister will also deliver the keynote address of the Sixth World Government Summit, in which India is the guest of honour country this year. After completing his engagements in Dubai, Modi will leave for Oman on the third and final leg of his tour.

(With inputs from agencies)

Source: India.com