PM Modi Jordan, Jordan King Abdullah II agree to boost bilateral ties

PM Modi Jordan, Jordan King Abdullah II agree to boost bilateral ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a busy schedule in the UAE, with meetings lined up with the country's leaders, the Indian community and businessmen, India's envoy here has said.

From Dubai, Modi will reach Muscat on February 11 in what will be the first prime ministerial visit to that Gulf nation in 10 years.

India has always been a leading country in the traditionally pro-Palestinian nonaligned movement, but has developed warm relations with Israel in recent years.

Appreciating India's assistance in strengthening Palestinian economy through executing several projects in the Palestinian areas, President Abbas said that "he can not forget" New Delhi's support and wishes to further discuss with PM Modi areas of cooperation in the economic sphere.

However, Modi's visit to Ramallah comes at a time when the USA 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. The step angered Palestinians who seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as a future capital. This will be the fourth meeting between the two leaders.

The embattled president of the Indian Ocean nation has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis that spurred the imposition of a state of emergency.

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The first leg of the Prime Minister's four-day visit began with Jordan on Friday, where he met King Abdullah II in Amman and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties.

A lot of Palestinian diplomats have received training in India and hundreds of Palestinians have availed scholarships to study at Indian institutions as part of New Delhi's effort towards capacity building in Palestine.

India has consistently voted in favour of resolutions supporting the Palestinian cause at worldwide forums, an issue that has bothered strategic partner Israel. Both sides agreed to deepen their engagement in several areas including health, IT, tourism, youth affairs, sports, agriculture.

Vijayvargiya told the media that the Prime Minister drew upon Indian traditions and culture.

Interestingly, unlike his visit to Israel in July previous year, Prime Minister Modi will visit Palestine only for a few hours. "They are also looking at ports, logistic centres and food parks".

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