Sunjay Sudhir receives the Indian flag from Salem Al Marri in Dubai.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Indian ambassador to the UAE received the Indian flag that was carried to the International Space Station (ISS) by Emirati astronaut Hazzaa Ali Al Mansoori in 2019.
Salem Humaid Al Marri, Director General of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre at its headquarters in Dubai, handed over the triclour to Ambassador Sunjay Sudhir.
The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi tweeted about the meeting with photos.
The Embassy wrote, “Space can be new frontier for Strategic Partnership. Amb @sunjaysudhir met DG @MBRSpaceCentre HE Salem Almarri. Discussed space cooperation & received Indian tricolor ￼carried to @ISS_Research by the 1st ￼ astronaut in Sep'19. #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav.”
Salem Al Marri said on Twitter, “Today, I had the pleasure of receiving HE Sanjay Sudhir, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the UAE, and HE Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai, at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, and we toured the centre’s departments and introduced them to our most prominent projects... With India, we have great opportunities for cooperation in the space field and we will work to strengthen them.”
The first Emirati astronaut, Major Hazzaa Ali Al Mansoori, carried the Indian flag to ISS during his maiden flight in September 2019.
Hazzaa made history as the first Emirati in space, when he set off on an 8-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft on Sept.25, 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility. Hazzaa returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz-MS 12 on 3 October 2019.
Hazzaa graduated from Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College from where he made his way to become an F16 pilot. After 14 years in military aviation, Hazzaa made history as the first Emirati to be deployed on a space mission to the International Space Station on 25 September 2019.
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