Modi to be first Indian PM to visit Palestine

Faith Castro
February 10, 2018

However, Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Ramallah ever since India became one of the first countries to recognise the State of Palestine in 1988. In Amman, Modi discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other topics with Jordanian King Abdullah II.

Appreciating India's assistance in strengthening Palestinian economy through executing several projects in the Palestinian areas, President Abbas said that "he can not forget" New Delhi's support and wishes to further discuss with PM Modi areas of cooperation in the economic sphere. He had visited the UAE in 2015.

Mr Modi also the Union Budget was positive for farmers and the poor while citing the announcement of a health insurance scheme for 10 crore families, according to Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar.

Kumar said that Oman is a country of strategic importance for India and all three defence forces of the two counties have held joint exercises.

Vijayvargiya told the media that the Prime Minister drew upon Indian traditions and culture.

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From Abu Dhabi, Modi will proceed to Dubai where he will deliver the keynote address at the Sixth World Government Summit, where India is the guest of honour.

On the last leg of his trip, Modi would travel to Oman from February 11-12. 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.

"There will be interactions with leading UAE and Arab CEOs in Dubai on the vast economic opportunities in India and what more can be done together to increase business collaboration", Modi tweeted.

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. In Oman, they constitute the largest expatriate community.

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