External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited the site of the Hindu temple under construction – the first in Abu Dhabi – on Wednesday and described it as “a symbol of peace, tolerance and harmony”. S Jaishankar, who arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday for a three-day visit to the Gulf nation, also praised the Indians’ efforts in building the temple.
“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, the faithful and the workers on the site”, tweeted the minister.
He also met 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.
“Auspicious start to EAM’s visit @DrSJaishankar. EAM visited @BAPS @AbuDhabiMandir site and laid a brick in its intricate architecture. Also commended the efforts of all Indians in building the iconic temple, symbol of peace, tolerance and harmony,” the Indian Embassy in the UAE tweeted earlier.
The temple will stand on 55,000 square meters of land. The structure will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the United Arab Emirates. It will be the first traditional stone Hindu temple in the Middle East.
While in the UAE, S Jaishankar would meet with his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and review the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.
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