NEW DELHI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed observed a minute’s silence and laid a wreath at a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat in New Delhi on Thursday.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, midway through an official visit to India, was accompanied to the shrine by Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Sheikh Mohammed also planted a sapling at the memorial to Gandhi, who led his nation’s peaceful struggle for independence, and then watered a tree that the late founding president Sheikh Zayed planted on a visit to India.
The Crown Prince wrote in the guestbook: “The world is in much need today for the principles and values that Gandhi lived by. These values are based on justice, peace, equality and renunciation of violence. It is such values and principles that brought about the unity and development of the Indian nation, and they are the same values that we in the UAE live by. They were sowed in our hearts and minds by a great man whose name is Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE.”
Sheikh Mohammed later viewed a collection of sayings by Mahatma Gandhi and was offered a commemorative gift at the site.
He was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, Lt Gen Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.
Also present were Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy; Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation; Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy; Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Ali Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Security Council; Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority; Ahmed Al Bana, UAE Ambassador to India; Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court; Major-General Staff Pilot Ibrahim Al Alaw, Commander of Air Force and Air Defence, and other senior state officials.
Source: uae news