India ties get fresh boost as Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi

India ties get fresh boost as Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi

India ties get fresh boost as Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi

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.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after decorating him with the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine medal, during his visit to the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday.

He was earlier conferred The Grand Collar of the State of Palestine, the highest order given to foreign dignitaries. New Delhi voted in the UN General Assembly in December past year against US President Donald Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Modi said it was an honour for India.

Abbas expressed hope that India, which he described as a "world power that has a big status and weight", would contribute to achieving peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

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At a joint press statement with Modi, President Abbas acknowledged that the Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine. The UAE and India are expected to sign various agreements and a memoranda of understanding, reported Gulf News. Modi's visit to Palestine comes amid heightened tensions in the region after USA recognised as the capital of The unilateral United States decision to declare as the capital of was challenged at the where 128 nations, including India, voted to turn down the move as "null and void".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embracing Jordan King Abdullah II on his arrival.

Abbas stressed that Palestinians have "never rejected negotiations any day; we were and still are ready for it, and believe that forming a multilateral mechanism of several states is the best approach to overlook those negotiations". While his transit from Jordan to Palestine, PM Modi was chauffered in Royal Jordanian helecopters which were accompanied by Israel choppers as well. Three agreements in the education sector worth U5 million, one MoU for procurement of equipment and machinery for the National Printing Press and one for construction of a centre for empowering women were signed. "We rely on India's role as an global force and its role in the non-alignment movement and in the worldwide fora, in a way that is conducive to desired peace in our region". This time Modi skipped Israel in a clear message that India is de-hyphenating its ties with Israel and Palestine.

European leaders have criticized Trump's dramatic policy shift on Jerusalem, but appear unwilling to confront Washington over its handling of more than two decades of failed efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian partition deal.

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