PM Modi arrives in Jordan during his three-nation West Asia tour

PM Modi arrives in Jordan during his three-nation West Asia tour

PM Modi arrives in Jordan during his three-nation West Asia tour

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic Palestine visit, President Mahmoud Abbas said he will discuss with him India's role in the Middle East peace process and the creation of a multilateral forum of negotiations to strike a final deal with Israel. 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.

India has always been a leading country in the traditionally pro-Palestinian nonaligned movement, but has developed warm relations with Israel in recent years. The meeting will also discuss regional and global situations of common concern, it said, adding the visit will also be an opportunity to thank India for its continued support for peace and the right of Palestinian people to freedom and independence.

However, Modi's visit to Ramallah comes at a time when the U.S. has taken a stance to recognise the disputed territory of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel unilaterally while India chose to vote in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution opposing the move made by Washington.

As Palestine works to establish an global multilateral mechanism of negotiations, the Palestinian leader stated that "India can play a role in this". We enjoy vibrant multi-dimensional ties with the countries there.

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BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, who has compiled the magazine-format booklet of about 60 pages, said "positive" coverage of Mr Modi's foreign visits in global media have underlined that "his leadership has been acknowledged not only in India but also across the world".

More than nine million Indians work and live in the Gulf region, of which about one third live in the UAE alone.

India has consistently voted in favour of resolutions supporting the Palestinian cause at worldwide forums, an issue that has bothered strategic partner Israel. PM Modi's Palestine visit comes just weeks after he hosted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Delhi and his home state, Gujarat. This was followed by the visit of President Abbas to New Delhi in May 2017.

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.

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