Modi to be first Indian PM to visit Palestine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Amman, Jordan for his first leg of three-nation visit in West Asian countries.

India and the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are among the best friends of the UAE, the Emirati envoy to New Delhi, Dr. Ahmed Al-Banna, told Arab News.

Modi will fly by helicopter on Saturday morning from Jordan to the Palestinian Authority's presidential headquarters in Ramallah, according to a PA security official.

Stating that there are four dimensions to the visit to Palestine, Bhaskar said that this will be first ever prime ministerial visit from India to that country.

Modi tweeted Friday that he is looking forward to talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and "reaffirming our support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine". Nahyan and Modi deliberated extensively on combating the threat of terrorism including from the Islamic State, and explored ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in counter-terrorism, maritime security and defence, the newspaper reported.

"The Prime Minister expressed honest thanks for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit", Kumar tweeted.

He also criticised the Left government for "patronising the chit fund organisations and looting people's money" Saying his government was working to develop northeast India, Modi claimed that Tripura remained backward due to 25 years of Left "misrule". "This committee is headed by UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash and India's Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar", Al-Banna added.

In reality, India's policy of de-hyphenation above all benefits Israel and severely undermines political and grassroots efforts to hold Israel accountable for its crimes against Palestinians. All of this support is surely valued by Palestinians, but unfortunately, Indian and worldwide solidarity has made no tangible impact on Palestinian self-determination. Sharma stated that although a deal worth $1 billion was announced past year, it remains unclear whether the amount was transferred to India. The next day, he will meet members of the Indian community and lay the foundation stone of a temple via video link.

"We believe in the importance of a possible Indian role... to reach a final agreement based on global consensus and resolutions, in which India and other countries can be part of", President Abbas said.

"We see that the Indian government, and especially the BJP, took a strategic decision to promote the relationship with Israel", Weintraub said.

  • Joanne Flowers