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PM Narendra Modi in UAE: Who is Qaboos bin Said, the Oman Sultan who once studied in India

PM Narendra Modi in UAE: Today, PM will meet Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the man who once studied in India and was a student of Shankar Dayal Sharma who went on to become the ninth President of India.

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PM will meet Sultan Qaboos at Bait Al Barakah Royal Palace for a special dinner tonight. (Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in UAE on a three-nation tour to the gulf-west-Asia. On Sunday he kicked off the second leg of his visit. Today, PM will meet Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the man who once studied in India and was a student of Shankar Dayal Sharma who went on to become the ninth President of India. As per the report by the Indian Express, PM will meet Sultan Qaboos at Bait Al Barakah Royal Palace for a special dinner tonight.

Interestingly, Sultan Qaboos’s father was an alumnus of Ajmer’s Mayo College. He later sent his son to study in Pune for some time, where he was former President Shankar Dayal Sharma’s student. He completed a part of his early education from a private institution in Pune, reported IE.

During his meeting, Modi is expected to tap into the personal connect of Oman’s Sultan. They are expected to identify new areas of cooperation and exchange views on the regional situation in South Asia and West Asia regions, including the Gulf, along with global issues of mutual interest, reported the Indian Express. An Indian diplomat was quoted as saying that Qaboos has very fond memories from his student days. And that is the reason he has been very generous towards the Indian community and India’s requests for help.

PM Modi is also scheduled to visit a 250-year-old Shiva temple in Muscat today. While earlier in the day he officially launched the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first Hindu temple in the capital of the UAE, home to over three million people of Indian origin. For which he also thanked the Crown Prince and said, “I thank the gulf countries which provided almost 30 Lakh people from India a home like environment, away from home, here.”

The temple will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in the UAE. It will be completed by 2020, and open to people of all religious backgrounds. It will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East, said a spokesperson from the BAPS.

The Prime Minister later in the day is also expected to meet business leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council. From the UAE, Modi will travel to Oman.

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