His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visited on Thursday the Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi, accompanied by Dharmendra Pradhan, India's Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed observed a minute of silence in respect and laid a wreath of flowers on the shrine of Gandhi, who lead his nation's peaceful struggle for independence. His Highness also planted a tree at the site and watered a tree that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had planted on a visit to India.
His Highness 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 United Arab Emirates 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."
His Highness the Crown Prince viewed a collection of sayings by the Mahatma Gandhi and was offered a commemorative gift at the site.
Sheikh Mohamed was accompanied during the visit by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court.
Also present were Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Saqr bin Ghubash Saeed Ghubash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Security Council, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Bana, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of India, Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Major-General Staff Pilot. Ibrahim Nasser Mohammed Al Alaw, Commander of Air Force and Air Defence, and a number of senior state officials.