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Crown Prince Al Nahyan Personally Receives PM Modi In United Arab Emirates

11 February 2018

Modi was on Saturday conferred with the "Grand Collar of the State of Palestine" by President Mahmoud Abbas in recognition to his contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine.

PM Modi is likely to announce the set-up of a super-speciality hospital in Palestine's Ramallah. Some agreements are likely to be signed during Modi's three-hour visit.

Modi will then hold official talks with the Palestinian leadership and hold a joint press conference with Mahmoud Abbas. We had a wonderful meeting, during which we discussed the full range of India-Palestine ties.

People of Palestine have continuously shown exemplary courage in extremely tough times, in spite of the fact that there was an unstable environment.

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Earlier in the day, Modi was presented a guard of honour at the Presidential Palace soon after his arrival here from Amman, Jordan, in what is the first ever prime ministerial visit from India to Palestine.

Modi also will visit the United Arab Emirates and Oman, where there are sizable communities of expatriate Indian workers, before returning to India.

The Palestinians are trying to shore up global support for a process that will see multiple brokers replacing Washington as the sponsors of a future peace deal.

Despite Modi's personal camaraderie with Netanyahu, India voted in the UN General Assembly in December a year ago against US President Donald Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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"India has been an old friend of Palestine in its efforts towards nation building", Modi said in a media statement.

Modi's visit will be his second to the UAE since becoming Prime Minister in 2014. Kumar also tweeted a picture of Modi hugging the King. Palestinians seek a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967, but no meaningful talks on statehood through a partition deal have been held for nearly a decade.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Ramallah on Saturday after arriving in Ammas from New Delhi. The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia) and DP World, among others, have brought major investments to India. The Grand Collar is the highest Palestinian order given to foreign dignitaries - kings, heads of state/government and persons of similar rank.

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Crown Prince Al Nahyan Personally Receives PM Modi In United Arab Emirates