Mr. S Jaishankar was on a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates where he visited a Hindu temple under construction in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Asserting that this is the first traditional temple built on the Arabian peninsula, the minister expressed his happiness to see ‘rapid progress.
He Tweeted on his official handle, “On Ganesh Chaturthi, blessed to visit the @BAPS Hindu temple construction in Abu Dabhi. Glad to see the rapid progress and deeply appreciate the devotion of all involved. Met the BAPS team, community supporters and devotees, and workers at the site.”
The Indian Embassy in UAE also tweeted, “Auspicious beginning to the visit of EAM @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.”
In 2015, Narendra Modi visited the UAE for the first time in his capacity as Prime Minister of India and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi gave land for the construction of a temple to BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
During their meeting, the minister also thanked UAE’s Sheikh Nahyan bin Mabarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, for his cultural efforts and support of the Indian diaspora.