Prime Minister Modi addressed the Indian community in Bahrain during his three-nation tour on Saturday evening. Speaking in Bahrain amid loud cheers by the Indian community, PM Modi said that he is overwhelmed with the love that he received from the people in Bahrain. He added that he feels fortunate to be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Bahrain.
"I felt like I am within a part of India only. Such enthusiasm, such love - I am overwhelmed with so much love. I realise that it took quite a long time for an Indian Prime Minister to visit Bahrain. However, I have been fortunate enough to be the first Indian PM to visit Bahrain," PM Modi said in his speech.
Addressing the Indian community, PM Modi got emotional and paid his condolences to former Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on his untimely demise in Delhi. The Prime Minister expressed sadness over the demise of Arun Jaitley and former EAM Sushma Swaraj
"I can't imagine that I am so far here while my friend has gone away. Some days ago, we lost our former Foreign Affairs Minister Behen Sushma Ji. Today my friend Arun went away," PM Modi said. in Bahrain
Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi was honoured with the 'Order of Zayed', the UAE's highest civilian award in a recognition of his pivotal role in building the strategic relationship between the two countries. He was conferred the award by the Abu Dhabi crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. Receiving the award, PM Modi thanked the UAE government for the honour and dedicated the award to the skills and abilities of 1.3 billion Indians. After his visit to the UAE, he headed for Bahrain for the last leg of his tour.
PM Modi arrived in Bahrain on Saturday morning to hold extensive talks with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, on various bilateral and regional issues. His visit to Bahrain is significant as it is the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the country. During his visit, he will be witnessing the formal beginning of the re-development of the temple of Shreenathji -- the oldest in the Gulf region.