New Delhi: Crown prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived on a three-day visit to India on Wednesday night.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the protocol and received the crown prince as he arrived in New Delhi.
PM Modi welcomed Sheikh Mohamed with a warm hug.
“A special welcome for a special friend. PM @narendramodi personally receives HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
Crown prince is being accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising of cabinet ministers and senior officials.
A slew of agreements, including defence equipment manufacturing and civil nuclear cooperation are likely to be signed between India and the UAE.
The issue of terrorism and ISIS threat are also likely to figure during the meeting between visiting Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi General Sheikh Mohamed and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House.
Sheikh Mohamed will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday, following which he will lay a wreath at Rajghat. He will also have a tete-a-tete with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after which President Pranab Mukherjee will host him for a private lunch.