Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

India hopes for AN independent Palestine: PM

India hopes for AN independent Palestine: PM

The Indian were traditionally very close to the Palestinians but in recent years have developed very close ties to Israel as seen in the visit of Modi to Israel last year and Netanyahu's visit to India in January.

PM Modi is scheduled to hold discussions with the country's president and reaffirm India's support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine.

10 after transiting through Jordan as part of his three-nation tour to Gulf and West Asian countries that began on February 9.

PM Modi is on a three-nation trip to the Gulf and West Asia from February 9 to 12.

The prime minister's office expressed gratitude to King Abdullah II of Jordan for facilitating the transit.

Narendra Modi is the first India Prime Minister on an official visit to Palestine.

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

Modi will fly by helicopter on Shabbos morning from Jordan to the Palestinian Authority's presidential headquarters in Ramallah, according to a PA security official.

Modi said his country "hopes for peace and stability in this region". "Friendship between India and Palestine has stood the test of time".

In early January India backed a United Nations resolution condemning US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of the Jewish state. During this, President Mahmood was also present with Modi. Modi's first engagement after arriving in Ramallah was the wreath laying ceremony at the Mausoleum of Late President Yasser Arafat. This visit includes a wide range of programmes which will have a positive impact on India-UAE ties.

"The Prime Minister expressed honest thanks for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit", Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Modi will hold a meeting with the Indian community at Dubai Opera House, he said, adding that representatives of all major organisations and a number of Indian professionals have been invited.

Modi became the first Indian leader in history to visit Israel in July a year ago, with the two states signing deals on cybersecurity and energy. On his arrival, PM Modi was received by Jordan Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki.

He will also attend a banquet lunch, following which the prime minister will continue the next leg of his visit to UAE from Amman.

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