May 28, 2018

Modi Begins 3-Nation Tour; Says Palestine Visit a 'Historic' Occasion

12 February 2018, 06:38 | Taylor George

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This will be the fourth meeting between Modi and Abbas after those on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in 2015, at the Paris climate summit later that year and at the Palestinian President's visit to India last year.

In Amman, PM Modi met King Abdullah II and Prime Minister of Jordan.

Israeli authorities control all entrance and exit points to the West Bank including its 150 km border with Jordan and the airspace above.

Noting that Oman was a close maritime neighbour with whom India enjoys excellent relations, Modi had said ahead of his visit, "I shall also interact with leading businesspersons of Oman on developing stronger economic and business links with India".

New Delhi has long backed the Palestinian territories' quest for nationhood and Modi has voiced support for an independent state existing peacefully alongside Israel. "I have assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests", Modi said, as quoted by the PA's official media outlet Wafa.

In Ramallah, PM Modi paid tribute to the last Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.

India and Palestine on Saturday signed six Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) s worth United States dollars 40 million.

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In both Oman and the UAE, Modi is expected to meet the Indian diaspora which he said "is a bridge of friendship between India and the Gulf countries".

While briefing reporters on the planned highlights of Modi s visit tomorrow, Kumar recalled the history of the martyrs memorial, which houses 31 commemorative panels that signify the solidarity between the UAE s people and leadership.

Modi also didn't mention East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital during his speech.

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The temple, which will be built in stone, will come up off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway over 55,000 square meters of land.

In UAE, PM Modi will have bilateral talks with His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Saturday evening, followed by a signing ceremony of agreements and MoUs and a banquet hosted by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed in honour of Modi. "India hopes that soon Palestine will become a free country in a peaceful manner".

PM Narendra Modi, who is now on a three-nation tour, addressed the Indian diaspora at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, Oman on Sunday.

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