Narendra Modi to become first Prime minister to visit Palestine


Modi became the first Indian prime minister ever to visit Israel in July previous year, with the two states signing deals on cybersecurity and energy. No Indian prime minister has done so much for #India's image overseas than him.

As he wound up his brief visit to Palestine, Mr Modi, in his joint press statement along with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, said that India hopes for return of peace in the region.

Kumar called it "history in the making".

Modi later took off for Jordan for the rest of his three-day tour, which will also take him to Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Modi also met business leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries and shared his vision of "new India" with them. Modi was given a warm welcome by the Palestine leader Mahmoud Abbas and also awarded the highest civil honor of Palestine the "the grand collar".

Modi came to Ramallah via Jordan as New Delhi sought to emphasize that it wants its relations with Palestinians and Israel to be mutually independent and exclusive, or in the words of India's foreign ministry officials, "de-hyphenated".

In 2015, then President Pranab Mukherjee had flown to Tel Aviv in Israel and traveled by road to Ramallah.

The unilateral U.S. decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was challenged at the UN General Assembly where 128 nations, including India, voted to turn down the move as "null and void".

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

India was one of the 120 UN member states that voted in favor of Palestine in the UN General Assembly resolution calling on the retract its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last December.

This is Modi's secondd visit to UAE. During the event, Modi stressed his country's support for the Palestinian people and even said that he hopes to see a Palestinian state established as soon as possible. He interacted with the Indian community on Sunday at the Dubai Opera House, where the foundation ceremony was live-streamed.

The temple, to be built on 55,000 square metres of land, will be hand-carved by Indian temple artisans and assembled in UAE, PTI reported.

Earlier, he held talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the government is working with the mantra of "Minimum Government, Maximum Governance", to make lives of common people easy.

The Indian leader also unveiled a model of what will be the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, calling it a "testament to tolerance" in the Muslim Gulf nation.