Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed in India for Republic Day parade.
The Crown Prince, who will be the chief guest for India’s 68th Republic Day celebrations, was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport in a departure from the usual protocol.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived on an official visit to India on Tuesday afternoon. The Crown Prince who will be the chief guest for India’s 68th Republic Day celebrations was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport in a departure from the usual protocol.
PM Modi had also received the Crown Prince at the airport during his to India visit last year reciprocating the warmth received during his debut landmark visit to the UAE in 2015. The two leaders exchanged warm handshakes and embraces at Delhi’s VIP airport terminal.
It is a rare occasion when a non-head of a state would be the chief guest for the Republic Day, whose invitations are sent out to world leaders with focus on current strategic importance of the invited country.