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10 February 2018, 02:07 | Darrell Baldwin
UAE to welcome India's Modi ahead of World Government Summit
After the parliamentary party meeting, Mr Modi left for a four-day trip to Palestine, United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Describing India as a "very respected country in the worldwide arena", the 82-year-old Palestinian President said that India can have a possible role in creating a multilateral forum of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis to reach a final agreement. "The Indian diaspora is a bridge of friendship between India and the Gulf countries". This will be the fourth meeting between the two leaders.
"Prime Minister Modi needs to made it clear that India gives out a strong political message that Jerusalem is under military control and is a disputed territory".
When asked about India's growing engagement with Israel, an unperturbed Abbas said that "any state has the right to establish relations with other countries".
The fourth aspect, according to Bhaskar, is India's continuous support to the Palestinian cause at various global fora.
The UAE is home to over three million people of Indian origin. In UAE he will lay the foundation stone for a new temple for the Hindu community living there.
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". The city in the West Bank, which hosts the Palestinian Authority's presidential headquarters, also serves as its de facto capital.
A lot of Palestinian diplomats have received training in India and hundreds of Palestinians have availed scholarships to study at Indian institutions as part of New Delhi's effort towards capacity building in Palestine.
Interestingly, unlike his visit to Israel in July a year ago, Prime Minister Modi will visit Palestine only for a few hours.
This apart, the visit is also aimed at deepening the huge bilateral agenda, including cooperation in the areas of health, IT, tourism, youth affairs, sports and agriculture.
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