PM Modi addresses Indian diaspora on his maiden visit to Muscat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sapar Isakov

He is also scheduled to give a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday, in which India is the guest of honour.

The Prime Minister other high-level engagements include a bilateral meeting with UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and other UAE government officials.

Even as Modi dramatically tightens India's ties with Israel, New Delhi has continued its longstanding support of the Palestinians in worldwide forums.

The three newspapers said that Israel admitted that an F16 fighter jet that was involved in an air raid on Syria was shot down by Syrian artillery.

India and Israel have drawn closer in recent years, however, partly because of common concerns about Islamic terrorism.

Since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December, Abbas has been seeking global support for countries from Europe and the Middle East to be included as mediators between Palestine and Israel - efforts that the U.S. has led.

After paying homage to Yasser Arafat at the Mausoleum, the Prime Minister will take a short tour, accompanied by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, of the Yasser Arafat Museum located adjacent to the Mausoleum.

After holding talks with President Abbas, Modi said India hoped to see an "independent Palestinian state living in an environment of peace". UAE is one the few countries which have been visited twice by the PM in his first term and says a lot about the importance of relations between India and UAE.

After Palestine, the Prime Minister would visit United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.

Modi said due to technology-enabled GEM, even smallest of traders can sell their goods using this platform.

Claiming that no allegations of corruption have been made against the present government, the prime minister said, "Four years have passed that we came to power. Prime Minister Modi painted the vision of a new India and shared the ease of doing business in India with the business leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries", Kumar said in another tweet.

Speaking alongside Modi , Abbas 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 (US President Donald) Trump's decision on Jerusalem and the refugees". Modi will witness the signing and exchange of agreements between the two countries and will proceed to attend the banquet dinner hosted by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

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