UAE to welcome India's Modi ahead of World Government Summit

Modi Travels to West Asia, Will Make Historic Prime Ministerial Visit to Palestine

This was felt during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Saturday.

The visit was a delicate balance act for Modi after his strong embracement of Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his visit, again a first by an Indian PM, to the country previous year.

Modi became the first Indian prime minister ever to visit Israel in July a year ago, with the two states signing deals on cybersecurity and energy.

Trump in December shocked the Palestinians by breaking with decades of U.S. policy and recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "We are very pleased that we have received 55,000 square metres of land near Al Rahba off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway", Mr Suri said.

"We hope for peace and stability in Palestine, we believe a permanent solution is possible with dialogue", said Mr Modi.

"We have never rejected negotiations; we have been and are still ready for negotiations", said Abbas.

The Indian premier noted that his visit will contribute to the development of Palestine in the fields of health and education.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might one day serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrive UAE on the second leg of his three-nation tour to West Asia and the Gulf.

"Here we count on India, with its status as a great power, its historical role in the non-aligned movement and in global forums.to achieve a just peace", Abbas said. "Such a peace deal will have a positive impact on world security and peace", he said. This time Modi skipped Israel in a clear message that India is de-hyphenating its ties with Israel and Palestine.

Modi told Abbas that "support for the Palestinian cause has been one of the mainstays of our foreign policy" and that he hopes a Palestinian state will be established through peaceful means.

"Indian and Palestine enjoy strong historic relations", he said during the joint press conference.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants India to play role in talks with Israel.

Abbas gave Modi the highest medal of the state of Palestine as a sign of valuing friendship with India.

Noting that he had earlier visited the mausoleum of Yasser Arafat, Modi hailed him as "one of the greatest leaders in history". His contribution to Palestine is historical.

In Ramallah, Modi was recieved by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and later met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who he was expected to ask for Modi's help in finding a new mediator for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in place of the United States.

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