PM in UAE after visits to Jordan, Palestine

PM in UAE after visits to Jordan, Palestine

PM in UAE after visits to Jordan, Palestine

Ramallah: In keeping with India's role as a major development aid partner for Palestine, the two sides on Saturday signed six memorandums of understanding (MoUs), including in the areas of health and education, following a bilateral meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas here. The Grand Collar Grand Collar is highest order given to foreign dignitaries. 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.

India has been continuously supporting the Palestinian cause at various global foram. President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestine was relying on India's great standing on the worldwide stage to facilitate the peace process with Israel.

India's support for Palestine is "unbroken and unwavering".

PM Modi thanked Palestine for giving him this Grand Collar of the State and stated this as an honour for all Indians and a symbol of Palestine's friendship. Modi visited the mausoleum of Yasser Arafat and laid a wreath at the grave of the Palestinian leader.

The two sides signed six agreements worth almost $50 million in areas such as health, agriculture, information technology and education as Modi sought to emphasize New Delhi's commitment as a development partner for Palestinians.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaving Jordan and going to Ramallah in a chopper provided by Jordan government and escorted by choppers from Israel Air Force.

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Five government to government agreements were signed on Saturday related to energy sector, railways, manpower and financial services. Describing the Gulf and West Asian region was a "key priority" in India's external engagement, Modi ahead of his visit said, "I look forward to strengthening India's growing and important ties with West Asia and the Gulf region through the visit".

Mr Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday evening on the third leg of three-nation tour. This time Modi skipped Israel in a clear message that India is de-hyphenating its ties with Israel and Palestine.

Abbas stressed that Palestinians have "never rejected negotiations any day; we were and still are ready for it, and believe that forming a multilateral mechanism of several states is the best approach to overlook those negotiations".

India was among more than 120 countries to vote in favour of a resolution in December calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

Abbas said "we count on India's role, as a world power with significant weight and status to contribute to achieving just and aspired peace in our region, due to its impact on world security and stability".

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