For PM Modi's Palestine visit, chopper from Jordan, escort from Israel

For PM Modi's Palestine visit, chopper from Jordan, escort from Israel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday became the first Indian Prime Minister to set foot in Ramallah where he expressed support for a sovereign Palestine at peace with its neighbourhood while his host President Mahmoud Abbas said India has a role in ensuring a two-state solution.

Modi became the first Indian prime minister ever to visit Israel in July past year, with the two states signing deals on cyber security and energy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Palestine via Jordan this weekend will be etched in history as India will now officially de-hyphenate its relationship with Palestine and Israel in more ways than one.

Prime Minister Modi assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests.

Modi's visit to the city of Ramallah was the first by an Indian prime minister to an autonomous Palestinian enclave in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Earlier on Friday, Modi arrived in Jordon and met country's King Abdullah II.

President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on Modi after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting between the two leaders, according to PTI. After that he reached Ramallah of Palestine today.

"The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 55,000 square metres of land and the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday will be a historic event", said Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri.

"The relations between India and Palestine have stood the test of time", he said.

The announcement regarding Modi's visit to Ramallah took many by surprise given the growing bonhomie around the India-Israel ties.

Modi on Saturday held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as part of a Middle East tour, Agence France Presse reported from Ramallah.

Dubai Frame draped in Indian tricolour on the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United Arab Emirates.

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".

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who has compiled the magazine-format booklet of about 60 pages, said "positive" coverage of Mr Modi's foreign visits in global media have underlined that "his leadership has been acknowledged not only in India but also across the world". He was accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Hamdallah.

Abbas accorded a red carpet welcome to Modi, the first Indian PM to make an official visit to Palestine.

The Prime Minister will leave for the tomorrow and then on the final leg, to Muscat on February 11, before returning to Delhi the following day.

The agreement includes setting up of a super speciality hospital worth Dollars 30 million in and construction of a centre for empowering women worth USD 5 million.

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