Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, embarked on a three-nation visit to Palestine, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. His visit marks the first-ever prime ministerial visit to Palestine from India and will be PM Modi’s second visit to the UAE and first to Oman.
Ahead of his visit to the UAE, PM Modi spoke to Gulf News and put forth a point by point understanding of his itinerary and also answered a few candid questions. On speaking about Indian community in the UAE, PM Modi said that he hopes his visit will further strengthen the ties between the two nations.
‘The UAE is home to over three million people of Indian origin. The Indian community has acted as a bridge between the two countries and I hope my visit will further strengthen these ties.’
When questioned on whether he gets time to take a break and go on a holiday, PM Modi told Gulf News,
“I have not been on a holiday neither as Chief Minister nor now as Prime Minister.”
He further added, “However, my work does require me to travel across India and interact with people, learn about their joys, sorrows and aspirations. This is refreshing and rejuvenating for me. Before I became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001, I travelled to every district of India. These were enriching experiences as it showed me India’s cultural diversity.”
During the visit, the Prime Minister will hold discussions on matters of mutual interest with their leaders, apart from participating in other events. Describing the Gulf and the West Asian region was a "key priority" in India's external engagement, PM Modi ahead of his visit said his trip was aimed at strengthening ties with the region.
Prime Minister Modi will be addressing the Sixth World Government Summit to be held in Dubai, at which India has been extended the 'Guest of Honour' status. He will also meet the Indian community in the UAE and Oman.