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11 February, 2018, 05:14 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas presents to Prime Minister Narendra Modi a portrait with his name inscribed in Arabic in New Delhi

Narendra Modi is the first India Prime Minister on an official visit to Palestine.

President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on Modi after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting between the two leaders, according to PTI.

PM Modi's first visit to Palestine underlined India's independent relations with the two warring states in the region. Immediately after the bilateral discussions and the signing of the MoUs, Mr. Modi left for Amman from where he took a flight to the UAE. New Delhi voted in the UN General Assembly in December a year ago against US President Donald Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "India will always support Palestine's development journey".

"I have assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests", he said.

India's support for Palestine is "unbroken and unwavering".

During his historic visit, Modi will pay tribute to the UAE's heroes for their sacrifices and bravery at Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, said the state news agency Wam citing Mridul Kumar, the outgoing joint secretary of the Gulf Region at the Ministry of External Affairs of India. Both sides signed agreements worth around USD50 million that includes setting up of a USD30 million super specialty hospital. Modi's visit to Palestine comes amid heightened tensions in the region after U.S. recognised as the capital of The unilateral U.S. 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".

It was the first visit of an Indian prime minister to Ramallah in 30 years. Agreements were also signed to build schools, a diplomatic training institute and a woman's empowerment and training centre.

His Majesty King Abdullah on Friday received Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is visiting Jordan as part of a regional tour. This time Modi skipped in a clear message that is de-hyphenating its ties with and Palestine. The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as their future capital.

India was among more than 120 countries to vote in favour of a resolution in December calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. India and Palestine enjoy time-tested and close friendship driven by former long-standing support to the Palestinian cause.

"We count on India, an global force on a strategic and economic level, to help Palestinians achieve a just peace in our region", Abbas said at the press conference.

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