PM Modi Arrives in UAE For His Second Visit to Gulf Country

PM Modi Arrives in UAE For His Second Visit to Gulf Country

PM Modi Arrives in UAE For His Second Visit to Gulf Country

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday asked visiting Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi to help mediate a deal with Israel as he continued to seek an alternative to the U.S. as the main peace broker.

Abbas's statements came in a joint press conference he held with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on his first ever visit to Palestine.

PM Modi's first visit to Palestine underlined India's independent relations with the two warring states in the region.

This is Modi's second visit to the UAE and is indicative of the new momentum in the UAE-India ties and the bolstering of cooperation between the two countries in areas like defence, finance, investments, anti-terrorism, space technology, infrastructure and skills development. Modi said it was an honour for India. On his part, Abbas acknowledged that the Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine.

"We hope for peace and stability in Palestine, we believe a permanent solution is possible with dialogue".

She congratulated him on being honoured with the highest award.

Prime Minister Modi will be accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah. Both sides signed agreements worth around USD50 million that includes setting up of a USD30 million super specialty hospital. "That's why I am here, in Ramallah", Mr. Modi said at the administrative headquarters of the Palestinian Authority. Three agreements in the education sector worth Dollars 5 million and for procurement of equipment and for the in were also signed.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in the UAE on Saturday evening.

"Here we count on India, with its status as a great power, its historical role in the non-aligned movement and in global forums.to achieve a just peace", Abbas said.

Modi said he had assured Abbas that New Delhi was bound by a promise to take care of the interests of the Palestinian people.

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

Abbas said after their meeting that he remains committed to negotiations with Israel as the path toward Palestinian independence.

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. In December, India backed a United Nations resolution that opposed the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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