Gulf News - - Nation - Staff Re­port

ndia’s Con­gress party chief Rahul Gandhi was re­ceived by His High­ness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mo­ham­mad Al Qasimi, Supreme Coun­cil Mem­ber and Ruler of Shar­jah, at his of­fice yes­ter­day, the fi­nal day of his visit to the UAE.

Shaikh Sultan Bin Mo­ham­mad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Shar­jah and Shaikh Ab­dul­lah Bin Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Shar­jah, were also present, WAM re­ported.

The meet­ing touched upon the his­toric re­la­tions be­tween the UAE and In­dia, the pro­mo­tion of re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, as well as ways to bol­ster cul­tural, so­cial and cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the two friendly peo­ples. ■

Gandhi praised the sci­en­tific, ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural re­nais­sance in Shar­jah and the sup­port of Dr. Shaikh Sultan for var­i­ous hu­man­i­tar­ian and ed­u­ca­tional projects which, he said, are re­flected in the emi­rate’s great sci­en­tific and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment.

Dr Shaikh Sultan pre­sented his guest with a num­ber of his lit­er­ary and cul­tural pub­li­ca­tions. The meet­ing was also at­tended by a num­ber of shaikhs and In­dian of­fi­cials.

Nearly 37 years after his grand­mother and then prime min­is­ter Indira Gandhi vis­ited the UAE in 1981, the NehruGandhi scion had re­ceived a rous­ing wel­come in Dubai on

Dr Shaikh Sultan and Rahul Gandhi dis­cussed his­toric re­la­tions be­tween the UAE and In­dia as well as ways to pro­mote bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. WAM

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