Modi to meet Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas today

Energy, security, trade to top Modi's agenda in three-nation tour

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Friday discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and his role as custodian of major Muslim and Christian shrines in Jerusalem with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday underlined India's support for a sovereign and independent Palestine and hopes for a return of peace in the region as the end his short visit to Palestine.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Shah presented the honour to Modi in Ramallah today, recognising his contributions to promoting relations between India and Palestine.

The King's discussions with Modi covered the "strong ties between Jordan and India, and means to bolster cooperation in various areas", according to a Royal Court statement. "The Indian Prime Minister will flag off laying of the temple's foundation stone during the community event", Suri said.

In the past the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine was awarded to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad of Bahrain, President Xi Jinping of China, amongst others.

Modi, in his address, thanked Abbas and Palestine for conferring him with "The Grand Collar of the State of Palestine", which is the highest Palestinian honour for foreign dignitaries.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump's Jerusalem move causing loss of mediator's credibility in the Middle East crisis has given a fillip to India's position in the worldwide arena. As one goes through historical records, it becomes amply clear that Modi being the first Indian Prime Minister to land in Palestinian territory is due to a mere technicality. They also signed a series of agreements in relation to trade, tourism, gas, exploration and more.

"I have assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests", Modi said in a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The summit, in which India is the Guest Country of Honor, will begin on Sunday.

"His visit reflects our longstanding historical ties and is testament to our friendly bilateral relationship", Mohammed Bin Zayed, also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, tweeted.

Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that the two parties signed agreements worth $41.35 million to fund multiple Palestinian projects. He will also hold bilateral talks with Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan to develop the comprehensive strategic partnership between the nations.



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