Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

PM Modi embarks on three-nation visit to Palestine, Oman and UAE

PM Modi embarks on three-nation visit to Palestine, Oman and UAE

After becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, Narendra Modi is preparing to make history again with his visit to Ramallah, which is set for tomorrow. Modi will also meet the Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and visit a painting exhibition by Ramesh Shukla, Suri said.

Modi will hold meeting with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirm support for the country and its development. India had voted in the UN General Assembly in December a year ago against US President Donald Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

As Palestine works to establish an worldwide multilateral mechanism of negotiations, the Palestinian leader stated that "India can play a role in this". "And the possible role India can play in enhancing peace in the region, as well as discussing different economical aspects beyond the existing ties we already possess", President Abbas said.

The embattled president of the Indian Ocean nation has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis that spurred the imposition of a state of emergency.

Addressing a meeting of the Party's Parliamentary meeting in the library building in the morning, Mr Modi said after assuming office in 2014, the government has taken several steps to increase the pace of economic progress of the country and performed in a consistent manner for the poor and the ryots. PM Modi had visited Israel previous year in July in a standalone visit that had led to many analysts questioning the future of the Indo-Palestine ties. The Palestinian Presidency, in a pre-arrival welcome statement, has described the upcoming visit as "historic and significant".

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India is also the first non-Arab nation to recognise Palestine and maintains diplomatic relationships with them.

This apart, the visit is also aimed at deepening the huge bilateral agenda, including cooperation in the areas of health, IT, tourism, youth affairs, sports and agriculture.

India has consistently voted in favour of resolutions supporting the Palestinian cause at global forums, an issue that has bothered strategic partner Israel.

Modi's Palestine visit comes just six months after his ground-breaking visit to Israel, and just weeks after he hosted his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Delhi.

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