Indian PM gears up to travel to Ramallah tomorrow for historic visit

Indian PM gears up to travel to Ramallah tomorrow for historic visit

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Prime Minister Modi's visit to Ramallah in Palestine was the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister there.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Jordan on Friday, the first destination on his current tour of the Middle East.

After arriving in the nation, PMO India tweeted: " Landed in Amman.

Modi's visit will be his second to the UAE since becoming Prime Minister in 2014. Modi is also close to securing a $500 million missile deal with Israel, an agreement which would further tie India's interests to the region's.

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In the UAE, Modi would hold meetings with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

"Had a wonderful meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. India has supported the Palestinian cause throughout the years of conflict, and we rely on the Indian support in order to reach the independence of the Palestinian State", he added.

Modi will be accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah during the ceremony.

He has meetings lined up with Gulf business leaders.

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Modi will then be received by President Abbas before the ceremonial welcome at the Muqata'a.

Narendra Modi gave an interview to Xpress, a UAE-based weekly newspaper, ahead of his three-nation tour to Palestine, United Arab Emirates and Oman.

"During the year, we have seen major UAE investments into India, a significant increase in defence and security cooperation, a transformation in our energy ties from a buyer-seller relationship to a strategic partnership". More than 50,000 Indians had thronged the International Cricket Stadium in Dubai to listen to their Prime Minister on his first visit.

Kumar noted that the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, is now India's largest regional trading bloc and accounts for nearly 20 percent of its bilateral trade. However, India has also pursued friendly relations with Israel, engaging in a massive arms trade worth $1 billion a year and accounting for almost half of Israel's weapons exports.

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