Updated: 01 Sep 2022 09:32 STI
Abu Dhabi [UAE]September 1 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), visited the Hindu temple under construction in Abu Dhabi, which would be the first traditional temple on the peninsula Arabic and expressed his happiness at his “rapid progress”.
On Wednesday, Jaishankar visited the site of the construction site of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in the United Arab Emirates.
“On Ganesh Chaturthi, Blessed to visit the @BAPS Hindu Temple under construction in Abu Dhabi. Glad to see the rapid progress and deeply appreciate the dedication of everyone involved. I met the BAPS team, the supporters of the community, devotees and workers at the site,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Calling it a symbol of peace, tolerance and harmony, EAM hailed the efforts of all Indians in building this iconic temple.
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates is being built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
Several thousand devotees from around the world, well-wishers and guests participated in the Shila Pujan ceremony in Abu Mureikheh in 2018, which marked the first milestone in the construction of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. Since then, the construction site has received many visitors of all faiths, according to temple authorities.
The Indian Embassy in the UAE tweeted: “Auspicious start to EAM’s visit @DrSJaishankar. EAM visited the @BAPS@AbuDhabiMandirsite and laid a brick in its intricate architecture. Also hailed the efforts of all Indians in building the iconic temple, a symbol of peace, tolerance and harmony”.
Also defining EAM’s remarks as inspirational, BAPS tweeted, “Our deepest gratitude to @DrSJaishankar for visiting the Mandir on this auspicious day. His words of inspiration to artisans, volunteers and contributors highlighted the role of this Mandir as a spiritual oasis for the world. Harmony”.
In 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the presence of more than 1,700 Indian and Emirati dignitaries from all walks of life, unveiled a model of the traditional stone temple.
“Abu Dhabi’s first traditional temple will act as a catalyst for the flourishing of humanitarian values and harmony between the two countries. The temple will become a vehicle for India’s identity,” the Prime Minister said later. Modi.
The UAE government decided in 2015 to allocate land near Abu Dhabi for the construction of the temple during Prime Minister Modi’s first visit to the West Asian country.
During this time, EAM also met with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and appreciated his strong support for the Indian community, yoga activities, cricket and cultural cooperation. .
“Glad to meet Sheikh Nahyan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence. Appreciated his strong support to Indian community, our yoga activities, cricket and cultural cooperation,” Jaishankar tweeted.
EAM will also co-chair the 14th India-UAE Joint Commission (JCM) Meeting and the Third India-UAE Strategic Dialogue with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
According to a statement from the MEA, these meetings will provide an opportunity for the two ministers to review the overall India-UAE comprehensive strategic partnerships and regional and global developments. During the visit, Jaishankar will also meet with other UAE dignitaries.
There has been a regular exchange of high-level interactions between India and the UAE in 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Abu Dhabi on June 28 and met with the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Previously, the two leaders also held a virtual summit on February 18 where an India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was signed and a vision statement adopted. The two leaders also participated in the I2U2 summit which was held virtually on July 14, according to the MEA.
India and the UAE are committed to advancing their partnership in various areas including trade, investment, conventional and renewable energy, food security, health, skills development, education, culture, defence, space, consular issues and interpersonal relations. ties. (ANI)