On his first visit to Palestine and second visit to the United Arab Emirates, reinstating bilateral relations and advancing India's diplomatic outreach remained the top agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In a memorandum exchanged after the meeting, the 2 sides agreed that India will help the Palestinians build infrastructure, using IT technology. Are India-Israel Relations getting impacted by sprouting India-Palestine Relations and India's intimacy with Iran an arch-rival of Israel? Here Palestine President Mahmood Abbas welcomed him by breaking the protocol.
"I have once again assured President Abbas that India is bound by a promise to take care of the Palestinian people's interests", Modi said. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine.
In Ramallah, PM Modi paid tribute to the last Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. India sources more than half its oil and energy supplies from the region, and around nine million Indians live and work there, sending home billions of dollars in remittances annually. Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital angered the Palestinians, sparked protests in the Middle East and raised concern that it could further destabilise the region.
Children belonging to the Indian community enthusiastically welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jordan. Reports say that PM Modi was escorted by Royal Jordanian helicopters and Israeli choppers on his journey to Palestine.
Prior to arriving at the occupied Palestinian territories, Modi met Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman.
PM Modi, who reached Ramallah in Palestine on Saturday morning, will be visiting UAE in the evening, where he will be holding a series of meetings with the country's rulers and businessmen. Three agreements in the education sector worth Dollars 5 million and for procurement of equipment and for the in were also signed. This time Modi skipped in a clear message that is de-hyphenating its ties with and Palestine.
Despite Modi's personal camaraderie with Netanyahu, India voted in the UN General Assembly in December past year against US President Donald Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Modi then toured the Arafat museum, which is also part of the compound, before holding talks with Abbas. We believe a permanent solution is possible with dialogue. Prime Minister held delegation-level talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.