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Modi Voices Support for Palestinian State in West Bank Visit

Modi Voices Support for Palestinian State in West Bank Visit

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after decorating him with the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine medal, during his visit to the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday.

During the joint press statement in Palestine, Prime Minister Modi said he has assured Palestinian President that India is bound to bound by a promise to take care of Palestinian people's interests.

Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine. In December, India backed a United Nations resolution that opposed the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

India recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) early on, and in the 1980s it also recognized the "State of Palestine".

PM Modi spent around three hours on this visit that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has described as "significant". Nehru had come to visit UN-deployed Indian troops in Gaza in 1960. Reports say that PM Modi was escorted by Royal Jordanian helicopters and Israeli choppers on his journey to Palestine.

The Indian leader is on a four-day regional tour which includes Palestine, the UAE, and Oman.

"We count on India's role as an global force of great prestige and weight", Abbas said, noting "its rising power at the strategic and economic levels" that could "contribute to the achievement of a just peace in our region".

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Modi is also expected to meet His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday in Dubai and might also visit the Wahat Al Karama, the UAE martyrs' memorial in Abu Dhabi.

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.

The pictures of Dubai skyscrappers adorned in Tricolor lights was shared by Navdeep Suri, Ambassador of India to the UAE, on Twitter.

While briefing reporters on the planned highlights of Modi s visit tomorrow, Kumar recalled the history of the martyrs memorial, which houses 31 commemorative panels that signify the solidarity between the UAE s people and leadership.

On his felicitation, PM Modi said, "This is an honour for India and a symbol of Palestine's friendship".

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.


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