National interest over ideology, but will India stay the course on Palestine?


"I am very grateful to His Majesty King Abdullah II for facilitating flight and access", Modi tweeted after landing here. This will be Prime Minister Modi's second visit to the UAE and the first to Oman.

Modi's trip included a visit to the Yasser Arafat museum, "in honor of the departed leader," as it was described by the Indian Foreign Ministry ahead of the visit.

Finally, a MOU was signed between India and Palestine Assistance of Dollars 0.25 million for the construction of an additional floor to Jawahar Lal Nehru for Boys at Abu Dees, also signed by Sabri Saidam, Minister of Education and Higher Education of the State of Palestine and T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations).

While many believed that the Indian prime minister and his government will shift course, after the BJP came to power in 2014, from the traditional line that India always took on Palestine, the decision to vote in favour of Palestine at the United Nations and now the visit has infused hope and confidence in Ramallah.

PM Modi will be laying a wreath at the Mausoleum of Late President Yasser Arafat. He will also become the first to visit Palestine. "In recognition of that, we have had the honour today to decorate you with the highest order of honour in Palestine and that is the great the grand order of the state of Palestine", the Palestinian president said.

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Modi's visit to the city of Ramallah was the first by an Indian prime minister to an autonomous Palestinian enclave in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. PM Modi was then accorded a ceremonial reception.

Modi is on a three-nation tour Jordon, Palestine and UAE starting Friday.

"India hopes that soon Palestine will come a free country in a peaceful manner", he said.

On Saturday, Modi will leave for Palestine where he is scheduled to hold discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirm India's support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine.

MEA said that Modi's visit to UAE comes after an invitation given by the President of UAE, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He said he will also be addressing the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the guest country.