UAE to welcome India's Modi ahead of World Government Summit

UAE to welcome India's Modi ahead of World Government Summit

UAE to welcome India's Modi ahead of World Government Summit

PM Modi's visit to Palestine comes a month after India hosted Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Grand Collar is the highest Palestinian order given to foreign dignitaries - kings, heads of state/government and persons of similar rank.

India and Palestine's relations have stood the test of time.

The Indian prime minister will hold discussions with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over a working lunch, NDTV reported.

Modi, who is here on his second visit to the UAE since 2015, has several meetings lined up in the evening and will also attend a banquet in the UAE capital.

Modi and his entourage flew in by helicopter from Jordan, landing near Abbas's Ramallah headquarters, an AFP reporter said.

PM Modi's first visit to Palestine underlined India's independent relations with the two warring states in the region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Ramallah in Palestine on 10 February, the ministry of external affairs said on Monday.

Structure of late President Yasser Arafat's mausoleum is a cube of 11m x 11m.

Half-a-dozen agreements were signed at their meeting for setting up a super-speciality hospital in Bethlehem, a joint centre for women's empowerment, a printing press and a couple of schools.

India is aiding construction of an Institute of Diplomacy in Palestine. During this, President Mahmood was also present with Modi.

Thereafter, he will travel to Dubai where he will deliver the keynote address at the Sixth World Government Summit, in which India is the guest of honour country this year.

Abbas, addressing the media with Modi, said they had discussed "bringing the political process out of the deadlock due to the continued Israeli occupation of our land and the political impasse following Trump's decision on Jerusalem and the refugees".

In Ramallah, PM Modi paid tribute to the last Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. He would also interact with leading businesspersons of Oman on developing stronger economic and business links with India. "Oman can be a gateway for Indian companies for easier access to large markets within the GCC, north/east Africa, free trade agreements with the US, Singapore and others", Sheikh Hamad bin Saif bin Abdul Aziz Al Rawahi, ambassador of Oman, told FE.

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