Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

PM Modi, Jordan's King Abdullah II agree to boost bilateral ties

PM Modi, Jordan's King Abdullah II agree to boost bilateral ties

Modi last visited the UAE in August 2015, in what was the first ever visit to the UAE by an Indian prime minister.

Earlier in an interview, Mr. Abbas said they would discuss the possible role India could play in the peace process.

He said in both election rallies Modi showed his compulsion towards party than to his countrymen despite being the Prime Minister. The hype around India's strategic ties with Israel and the bonhomie around Modi's visit to Israel and its prime minister's visit to India also does not seem to perturb the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first engagement after arriving in Ramallah on Saturday morning will be to lay a wreath at the Mausoleum of Late President Yasser Arafat.

Modi had visited Israel previous year in July in a standalone visit that had led to many analysts questioning the future of the Indo-Palestine ties.

The visit is likely to see a reiteration of India's support to the Palestinian cause.

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Modi will be accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah during the ceremony. "All programmes will be held in Muqata (Presidential compound)".

The UAE also became the first country to contribute to India's strategic petroleum reserve, through an agreement signed between the two sides during Sheikh Mohamed's visit to India previous year. The two leaders will then have discussions, sign bilateral agreements, hold a joint press conference and share lunch before Modi leaves for Amman in a chopper following a farewell ceremony.

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. Instead, expect Mr Modi to present India as a neutral actor in the conflict ready to replace the USA in peace talks.

"A new aspect of India's economic relations with the UAE is that inbound investments are now going not only to major areas of infrastructure but also to ensuring that their developmental benefits are passed on to individuals at the bottom of our society".

More than nine million Indians work and live in the Gulf region, of which about one third live in the UAE alone.

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.

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