Prime Minister Modi to have packed schedule during UAE visit

Pauline Gross
February 11, 2018

His visit marks the first-ever prime ministerial visit to Palestine from India and will be PM Modi's second visit to the UAE and first to Oman.

The hype around India's strategic ties with Israel and the bonhomie around Modi's visit to Israel and its Prime Minister's visit to India also do not seem to perturb the Palestinians.

A year ago in July, PM Modi visited Israel and it was the stand-alone visit that New Delhi ended this practice of dignitaries who visit Israel, also travelling to Palestine. I am happy to visit the Gulf and West Asian region for the fifth time since 2015. Modi arrived to the Palestinian territories from Jordan, flying in with his officials on helicopters supplied by King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Speaking on India's contribution to strengthen the bilateral ties, Modi said India is aiding the construction of an Institute of Diplomacy in Palestine.

Further the Prime Minister said, "The visit will begin from Palestine, on 10 February after transiting through Jordan".

Even as Modi dramatically tightens India's ties with Israel, New Delhi has continued its longstanding support of the Palestinians in worldwide forums.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives the Grand Collar-(the highest order given to foreign dignitaries) by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after the conclusion of their bilateral meeting in Ramallah on Saturday.

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Three agreements in the education sector worth United States dollars 5 million, one MoU for procurement of equipment and machinery for the National Printing Press and one for construction of a centre for empowering women were also signed.

"I have once again assured President Abbas that India is bound by a promise to take care of the Palestinian people's interests", Modi said following a meeting with the Palestinian leader.

The Indian Foreign Ministry said that the goal of the "historic visit" was to express India's commitment to "deepening ties with Palestine".

Ahead of the sixth World Government Summit set to take place in Dubai, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is scheduled to arrive in the UAE on Saturday.

Modi shook hands with a group of Sheikhs, ministers and senior officials who came to the airport to welcome him, while Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan shook hands with Indian ministers and top officials accompanying Modi.

The two parties signed agreements worth $41.35 million to fund multiple projects in Palestine.

Other reports by GizPress

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