Indian PM Modi makes historic visit to Palestine

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today officially launched the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first Hindu temple in the capital of the UAE, home to over three million people of Indian origin.

On Sunday, the premier will be meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and the ruler of Dubai.

Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine, is reaching Ramallah amid heightened tensions in the region after US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In discussions with several officials in Ramallah, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, it appears that the Palestinian leadership sees in the Indian Prime Minister's visit an opportunity to seek his assistance in pushing forward the deadlocked peace process.

10 after transiting through Jordan as part of his three-nation tour to Gulf and West Asian countries that began on February 9.

But on this visit to Ramallah, Modi appeared eager to show that had not affected New Delhi's traditional support for the Palestinian cause.

Prime Minister took a chopper's ride from Jordanian capital Amman to Ramallah in West Bank, the headquarters of Palestinian Authority.

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Modi said his country "hopes for peace and stability in this region". 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. As one goes through historical records, it becomes amply clear that Modi being the first Indian Prime Minister to land in Palestinian territory is due to a mere technicality.

Archbishop of Catholic Church, Poulos Marcuzzo, and religious leaders of the Al-Aqsa mosque were also at the Muqata'a to greet Modi. He visited Jordan on Friday, and will tour the United Arab Emirates and Oman before concluding the trip.

Modi will hold a meeting with the Indian community at Dubai Opera House, he said, adding that representatives of all major organisations and a number of Indian professionals have been invited.

President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine order on Modi.

He went on to say, "I thank the gulf countries which provided nearly 30 Lakh people from India a home like environment, away from home, here".

The Temple Committee Members also presented the temple literature to the Crown Prince and Mr Modi.

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