Modi embarks on 4-day West Asia visit

Modi embarks on 4-day West Asia visit

Modi embarks on 4-day West Asia visit

The prime minister's visit will begin from Palestine on Feb 10 after transiting through Jordan, where he will meet King Abdullah II.

Modi said he had assured Abbas that New Delhi was bound by a promise to take care of the interests of the Palestinian people.

Prior to Prime Minister Modi, former President Pranab Mukherjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Palestine in October 2015 and January 2016 respectively. Abbas said the formation of a multi-lateral mechanism that is produced by an worldwide peace convention is the most ideal way to broker negotiations with Israel, which is India's strategic partner and among its top arms suppliers.

He highlighted that the support for the Palestinian cause has been a steady point in India's foreign policy.

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India was among more than 120 countries to vote in favour of a resolution in December calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Abbas also conferred the "Grand Collar of the State of Palestine" on Modi, recognising his key contribution to promote ties between and Palestine.

While briefing reporters on the planned highlights of Modi s visit tomorrow, Kumar recalled the history of the martyrs memorial, which houses 31 commemorative panels that signify the solidarity between the UAE s people and leadership. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the India-Israeli partnership "a marriage made in heaven".

Modi was received at an official ceremony at the presidential compound, also known as Muqata'a, in Ramallah - the Palestinian seat of government. Modi said he hoped peace could be reached "quickly, through dialogue and understanding".

PM Modi had skipped Palestine when he had visited Israel in July 2017 to signal his Government's decision to treat both nations as "mutually independent and exclusive".

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For his part, Prime Minister Modi stressed India's commitment to closer cooperation with Jordan, noting the importance of His Majesty's upcoming visit to India in advancing relations and expanding cooperation, especially in economic, commercial and investment-related fields.

Even as Modi dramatically tightens India's ties with Israel, New Delhi has continued its longstanding support of the Palestinians in global forums. "And Israel in peace and security with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state".

"We rely on India's role as an worldwide voice of great standing and weigh through its historical role in the Non-Aligned Movement and in all global forum and its increasingly growing power on the strategic and economic levels, in a way that is conducive to just and desired peace in our region", he added.

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