'We will not break this friendship..', PM Modi was welcomed by Bohras in Egypt, Grand Mufti said - I feel honored
'We will not break this friendship..', PM Modi was welcomed by Bohras in Egypt, Grand Mufti said - I feel honored

Cairo: The charismatic and dynamic Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, recently embarked on a state visit to Egypt, following his visit to America. The reception he received in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, was nothing short of grand. The Bohra Muslim community extended a warm welcome to PM Modi, setting the stage for a remarkable visit. Amidst the heartfelt greetings, an Egyptian woman joyfully serenaded the Prime Minister with the timeless Bollywood song 'Ye Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge...' It was a moment of cultural fusion and camaraderie, symbolizing the immense potential for stronger ties between India and Egypt.


PM Modi couldn't help but be moved by the overwhelming support of overseas Indians. He took to Twitter to express his sentiments, stating, "I was deeply touched by the warm reception from the Indian expatriates in Egypt. Their unwavering support and affection embody the everlasting bond between our nations." The Prime Minister was also impressed by the Egyptians donning traditional Indian attire during the welcome ceremony. It truly exemplified a celebration of our shared cultural heritage.

During his visit, PM Modi had the privilege of meeting Dr. Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, for the second time. The Grand Mufti expressed his honor at the meeting, acknowledging the significant progress India has made since their last encounter. He commended PM Modi's wise leadership in guiding a diverse nation like India and implementing inclusive policies that foster coexistence among different groups.

The religious connection between India and Egypt is strong, and the Grand Mufti emphasized the need for further cooperation. As a testament to this, India plans to establish a Center of Excellence in Information Technology in Egypt, paving the way for fruitful collaboration between the two nations. Notably, on this Sunday, June 25, 2023, Prime Minister Modi will visit the Al-Hakim Mosque, which is currently undergoing renovation by the Bohra community. His visit to the mosque is expected to last approximately half an hour. Additionally, he will pay his respects at the Heliopolis War Memorial, honoring the brave sacrifice of nearly 4,000 soldiers who fought for the British Army during World War I.

Upon his arrival in Egypt, PM Modi was serenaded by an Egyptian woman named Jena, who was elegantly dressed in a traditional Indian saree. Jena, who has never been to India and has only a limited understanding of Hindi, welcomed the Prime Minister by melodiously singing the iconic song 'Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Chhodenge' from the legendary film 'Sholay.' PM Modi was deeply moved by her performance and remarked, "One could hardly tell whether you are the daughter of Egypt or the daughter of India." The members of the Bohra community, both men and women, were also present, attired in traditional kurta-pajamas and sarees, warmly welcoming PM Modi with the Indian tricolor in their hands.

PM Modi's visit to Egypt signifies the strengthening of diplomatic ties between the two nations. As he engages with prominent leaders and experiences the rich culture of Egypt, the visit is poised to elevate India-Egypt relations to new heights. This momentous occasion exemplifies the significance of fostering global partnerships and cultivating mutual respect among diverse nations.

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