Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Modi tears into Congress over partition and dynasty politics

Modi tears into Congress over partition and dynasty politics

Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Palestine, the first by an Indian premier, as "historic and important", Palestinian presidency today said Modi and president Mahmoud Abbas will hold talks on the latest developments in the political process in the region as also other global issues of "common concern".

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

On Modi's travel to Palestine, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the prime minister will travel to Palestine via Amman. New Delhi voted in the UN General Assembly in December previous year against US President Donald Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

At the invitation of the leadership of the UAE, I will be addressing the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the Guest Country of Honour. Unlike Pranab Mukerjee, who spent a night in Ramallah during his 2015 presidential visit, Modi's is a day-long trip.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during his West Asia trip.

"To address the students' concerns, the Prime Minister will hold a Pareeksha Pe Charcha on February 16, where he will tell the children how to give stress-free examination", he added. "The Left government is also looting the money of the poor", he said, asking if the Left is allowed to keep ruling, "there will be no development in the state".

He also recalled former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's contributions to Northeast India's development. "During the year, we have seen major UAE investments into India, a significant increase in defence and security cooperation, a transformation in our energy ties from a buyer-seller relationship to a strategic partnership". "We also urge the RS Speaker Shri Venkaiah Naidu to not act in a partisan manner and accord due respect to a fellow member of the house", it said. Close to three million Indians are living in the UAE and repatriating $13.6 billion a year from the Gulf nation to India. Again 50 per cent of India's oil is bought from the region.

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