New Delhi, Feb 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke protocol to receive received Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
PM Modi on Wednesday reached at the Palam Technical Area to welcome Abu Dhabi crown prince as he arrived here on a three-day visit to India.
Modi welcomed him with a warm embrace as the latter alighted from the aircraft.
"A special welcome for a special friend. PM @narendramodi personally receives HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan," the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.
The crown prince is being accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising cabinet ministers. Senior officials and business leaders.
A slew of agreements, including on defence equipment manufacturing and civil nuclear cooperation, are likely to be signed between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the crown prince's visit.
The welfare of the expatriate Indians in the United Arab Emirates, numbering around 2.6 million, is also likely to come up for discussion.
After Saudi Arabia, the UAE hosts the highest number of Indians in the Gulf, 60 percent of whom are blue collar workers.
This is the second highest level visit to India from the Gulf region after the visit of the emir of Qatar in March 2015.
The region, which hosts seven million expatriate Indians and is an important source of remittances, has a strong bearing on India's security and stability in its neighbourhood.
The UAE is the third largest trading partner of India after the US and China. It is also the sixth largest source of India's crude oil imports.
On Friday, Sheikh Mohamed will leave for Mumbai where he will visit the Bombay Stock Exchange and meet Indian business leaders.
OneIndia News (With agency inputs)