Indian PM in Palestinian Authority Visit


In a special recognition of the PM Modi's contribution to relations between India and Palestine, President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on him after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting.

Despite the growing friendship between India and Israel, history was in the making as Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine.

Ahead of the sixth World Government Summit set to take place in Dubai, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is scheduled to arrive in the UAE on Saturday. Trump's pivot upset Palestinians who seek the city's Israeli-annexed eastern sector as a capital.

Asserting that Palestine was ready for to engage in negotiations with India, Abbas said they rely on India's role as an worldwide force and its role in the non-alignment movement for desired peace in the region.

It will replicate the BAPS temple in New Delhi and the one under construction in New Jersey, a trust member told Khaleej Times. "Our discussions today will give great strength to India-Jordan bilateral relations", Modi tweeted on Friday. He also expressed honest thanks to Jordan for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit.

The Indian Foreign Ministry said that the objective of the "historic visit" was to express India's commitment to "deepening ties with Palestine".

"We want to see Palestine and Israel living in peace and security", Abbas added.

"We count on India's role as an worldwide force of great prestige and weight", Abbas said, noting "its rising power at the strategic and economic levels" that could "contribute to the achievement of a just peace in our region".

Since US President Donald Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asked Department of State to begin process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Mehmoud Abbas has been reiterating that Washington has lost the credibility of playing mediator's role in the conflict. They are expected to identify new areas of cooperation and exchange views on the regional situation in South Asia and West Asia regions, including the Gulf, along with global issues of mutual interest.

It was the first visit of an Indian prime minister to Ramallah in 30 years.

Modi flew to Ramallah from Jordan by helicopter Saturday and laid a wreath at the grave of Abbas predecessor Yasser Arafat, located in Abbas' walled government compound.

Kumar noted that the GCC is now India s largest regional trading bloc and accounts for nearly 20 percent of its bilateral trade.