Indian PM embarks on Mideast tour, to engage in "temple diplomacy"

Ebony Scott
February 10, 2018

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic Palestine visit, President Mahmoud Abbas said he will discuss with him India's role in the Middle East peace process and the creation of a multilateral forum of negotiations to strike a final deal with Israel.

From New Delhi, PM Modi will travel to the Jordanian capital Amman and take a chopper ride to reach the Palestinian city of Ramallah a little over 100 km away.

The visit will also de-hyphenate Israel and Palestine after Modi's standalone visit to Israel last July.

India-UAE ties were elevated to that of a Comprehensive and Strategic Partnership during Modi's visit in 2015.

Kumar also tweeted a picture of Modi hugging the King.

On his arrival here, Modi was received by Jordan Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki. "In both Oman and the UAE, I will have the opportunity to meet the large Indian diasporas that have made those countries their home".

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Appreciating India's assistance in strengthening Palestinian economy through executing several projects in the Palestinian areas, President Abbas said that "he can not forget" New Delhi's support and wishes to further discuss with PM Modi areas of cooperation in the economic sphere.

In the UAE, Modi would hold meetings with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

In UAE he will be addressing the 6th World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the guest country of honor.

Modi's agenda will be driven by the fact that he had promised to offer "unwavering support" to the cause of Palestine during the visit of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas here previous year, "redefining the relationship" while taking it to the next level, sources told BusinessLine.

He would also interact with leading businesspersons of Oman on developing stronger economic and business links with India.

Other reports by GizPress

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