NEW DELHI, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) — Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Tuesday arrived in India on his three-day visit, officials said.
Al Nahyan, who is the deputy supreme commander of UAE armed forces was received by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival at New Delhi airport.
He is the chief guest for India’s Republic Day parade on Thursday.
The Republic Day in India marks the date when India’s new republican constitution came into force on 1950. Every year the day is celebrated officially by India on January 26. The main function is held in Indian capital -New Delhi, where India’s cultural diversity and military might is displayed.
Indian officials said, this year a contingent of UAE soldiers will march along with Indian troops during the republic day function.
According to India’s state-run broadcaster- All India Radio, the visiting dignitary will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Wednesday.
Al Nahyan will hold talks with Modi, besides meeting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
The Crown Prince is accompanied by a high-level delegation including ministers, senior officials and captains of industry from UAE, officials said.
A statement issued by India’s foreign ministry said UAE is among the top investors in India in terms of foreign direct investments and it contributes significantly to India’s energy security.
India’s secretary economic relations, Amar Sinha told media Al Nahyan’s visit will solidify defence and security cooperation between the two countries.
Authorities in India have made adequate security arrangements across country in wake of the Republic Day functions.