Modi to be first Indian PM to visit Palestine

Palestine to ask India to replace US as sole mediator in negotiations with Israel says official

Interestingly, unlike his visit to Israel in July past year, Prime Minister Modi will visit Palestine only for a few hours.

Mr Modi also asked the MPs to hold meetings at booth level to take details of various welfare schemes announced in the Budget to people and run intensive campaigns to propagate them, Mr Kumar said.

Describing India as a "very respected country in the global 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.

However, Modi's visit to Ramallah comes at a time when the United States has taken a stance to recognise the disputed territory of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel unilaterally while India chose to vote in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution opposing the move made by Washington.

In both Oman and the UAE, Modi is expected to meet the Indian diaspora, which he said, "is a bridge of friendship between India and the Gulf countries".

Mridul Kumar, Joint Secretary (Gulf), said Modi will hold talks with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, following which several agreements will be signed.

The UAE is home to over three million people of Indian origin.

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas earlier today said he will discuss with Modi India's role in the Middle East peace process and the creation of a multilateral forum of negotiations to strike a final deal withIsrael.

BJP MPs were today given a glossy compilation, which describes Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an "unbeatable global legend", of worldwide media reports on his Davos visit for attending the World Economic Forum.

The UAE is also the first partner of India's National Investment and Infrastructure Fund and has invested $1 billion as the anchor investor.

Vijayvargiya told the media that the Prime Minister drew upon Indian traditions and culture.

"At the invitation of the leadership of the UAE, I will be addressing the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai where India is the guest country of honour", Modi said. In Oman, they constitute the largest expatriate community. The port of Salala is of special importance for India while planes travelling further up in the West get refueling facility in Oman on a regular basis.

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