India will take care of Palestinians' interests: PM Modi on historic visit

Modi addressees his first election rallies in Tripura

Modi addressees his first election rallies in Tripura

Narendra Modi is the first India Prime Minister on an official visit to Palestine. The Grand Collar is Highest order given to foreign dignitaries.

The commendation that comes with the Grand Collar said it was being given to Modi "in recognition of his wise leadership and his lofty national and global stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India; in acknowledgement of his support to our people's right to independence and freedom so that peace prevails in the region".

This is an honour for India and a symbol of Palestine's friendship.

Modi is now on his four-day Middle East tour, which includes visits to Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

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Ahmad Majdalani, a Palestine Liberation Organisation Executive Committee member, said improved relations between Israel and India could help the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived here on a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with top leadership of the Gulf nation and witness signing of almost a dozen agreements to bolster political and economic ties. "Palestine has always taken a top spot in our foreign policy", PM Modi added. "Our discussions today will give great strength to India-Jordan bilateral relations", Modi posted on Twitter.

On the first day of his tour, PM Modi reached Amman, the capital of Jordan. Modi also visited the tomb of Yasser Arafat, Abbas's predecessor, before talks with the current leadership.

Modi also said that India will double the number of exchange students from 50 to 100 this year.

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Abbas, addressing the media with Modi, said they had discussed "bringing the political process out of the deadlock due to the continued Israeli occupation of our land and the political impasse following Trump's decision on Jerusalem and the refugees".

During his visit to Palestine, Modi is expected to announce the setting up of a super-specialty hospital in Ramallah, the Palestinian capital, NDTV reported. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that Prime Minister Modi expressed honest thanks for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit.

MEA said that Modi's visit to UAE comes after an invitation given by the President of UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Modi will visit Oman for the first time as prime minister and will hold talks with the Sultan of Oman and other key leaders.

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