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Dr S. Jaishankar, India’s Minister for External Affairs. Image Credit: WAM

New Delhi: Dr S. Jaishankar, India’s Minister for External Affairs, attended a UAE Golden Jubilee reception hosted by Dr Ahmed Al Banna, the UAE Ambassador to India.

The UAE National Day celebrations in New Delhi began on Thursday morning with a statement by Dr Jaishankar, congratulating Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on the 50th National Day.

“Warmest greetings to Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and the Government and people of the UAE on their 50th National Day,” the statement on social media said. “Our recent exchanges have reinforced the strength of our extraordinary friendship. Confident that our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership is poised for new heights,” Dr Jaishankar asserted.

In a speech at the well-attended National Day reception, Dr Al Banna recalled the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, thanking Indians who have lived in the UAE for their contributions.

On his first state visit to India in February 2016, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed had said that Indians in the UAE were a part of the country’s growth story, the Ambassador said. Dr Al Banna reiterated those sentiments on the occasion of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee.

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Emirati singer Abdullah Al Shamsi entertained the distinguished audience from many walks of life at the reception with his songs. Al Mazyood Al Harbiya dance troupe from the UAE performed at the event. A video depicting the country’s growth in the last 50 years was screened and received with great appreciation.