Amit Shah greets PM Modi on being conferred Palestinian honour

Energy security, infrastructural investments top on agenda

Palestinian Presidency welcomes 'grand guest' Modi ahead of visit

"India and Jordan enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950", MEA's official Twitter handle said. The US president is also withholding tens of millions of dollars from UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees. The Palestinians see east as their future capital.

PM Modi will visit Oman for the first time as prime minister and will hold talks with the Sultan of Oman and other key leaders. During the visit, Modi said he will engage with leading UAE and Arab CEOs in Dubai on the vast economic opportunities in India and what more can be done to bolster business collaboration. The Grand Collar is Highest order given to foreign dignitaries - Kings, Heads of State/Government and persons of similar rank. He added that India hopes for return of peace in the West Asian region.

Prior to this visit, Modi said that he has "de-hyphenated" relations with Palestine and Israel, establishing "mutually independent and exclusive relations with both partners". External ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also shared a video of chopper on its way to Ramallah and called it "history in the making". Almost a dozen agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) are expected to be signed between the two countries.

The fourth agreement was signed to establish a heritage center to empower Palestinian women. I am grateful to His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan for facilitating the transit. Members of the temple committee met PM Modi and the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and presented them with mementoes to express their gratitude.

Modi became the first Indian leader in history to visit Israel in July previous year, with the two states signing deals on cybersecurity and energy. He was accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Hamdallah. After paying homage to Arafat, Mr Modi took a short tour of the Arafat Museum located adjacent to the mausoleum. He was a good friend of India.

Energy security, infrastructural investments top on agenda

From the UAE, Modi will travel to Oman. "I once again pay tribute to Abu Ammar".

Prime Minister Modi, who is on his maiden trip to Palestine, will be received by President before the ceremonial welcome in the compound of the Presidential Headquarters, also known as Muqata'a.

President Mahmoud Abbas, who described PM Modi as a "great guest", said Palestine was relying on India's great standing on the global stage to facilitate the peace process with Israel.

"We hope for peace and stability in Palestine".

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