Modi hopes Palestine will soon be free, peacefully

Modi hopes Palestine will soon be free, peacefully

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting discussed the full range of India- Palestine ties following which the two sides signed six agreements worth around United States dollars 50 million that includes setting up of a USD 30 million super speciality hospital in Beit Sahur.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas that India was bound to take care of the interests of Palestinian people.

Dubai's iconic skyscraper Burj Khalifa was on Saturday lit up in the colours of the Indian flag to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second visit to the country. The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as their future capital.

Saying that Palestinians were ready to engage in dialogue, Abbas said he was counting on India's support for negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

The Indian Prime Minister would be skipping Israel during his tour of the Middle East in a clear message that New Delhi is de-hyphenating its ties with Israel and Palestine. It was conferred as a mark of recognition of Modi's contribution to the relationship between India and Palestine.

"Reached UAE. This visit includes a wide range of programmes which will have a positive impact on India-UAE ties".

The visit was a delicate balance act for Modi after his strong embracement of Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his visit, again a first by an Indian PM, to the country previous year.

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Governor Heptulla said it was a historic and momentous occasion as Prime Minister visited Palestine to be honoured with the "Grand Collar", Palestine's highest order given to foreign dignitaries.

President Abbas welcomed Modi on his historic visit to the country stating that Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine.

The Palestinians have rejected the USA sponsorship of peace talks with Israel in the wake of Washington's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in early December.

Modi said that India remains committed to Palestinian national rights and hopes for peace and stability in the region.

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

The Indian Foreign Ministry said that the goal of the "historic visit" was to express India's commitment to "deepening ties with Palestine". Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, met Modi on arrival at the airport and had talks with him, according to the state-run WAM news agency. Meetings with Indian Diaspora in UAE and Oman will also figure during the visit to these countries.

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