Modi pledges $40 million for Palestinian development


Prior to Prime Minister Modi, former President Pranab Mukherjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Palestine in October 2015 and January 2016 respectively.

" Next generation infrastructure is being developed in country keeping in mind the needs of 21st century", Modi said as he was addressed almost 20,000 people who had gathered at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium in Muscat on Sunday. The world leaders had a good discussion on strengthening their strategic partnership.

He then proceeded to address the Indian diaspora in Oman.

After their talks, the two sides had signed eight agreements, including a MoU on legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

Two MoUs were signed on cooperation in the fields of manpower and transportation, it is learnt. According to Oman News Agency, it envisages the services of Duqm Port and dry-dock for maintenance for Indian military vessels.

He will meet Sultan Qaboos at Bait Al Barakah Royal Palace for a special dinner. He expressed happiness at witnessing a mini India today and said that thousands of Indians are working as doctors, engineers, and managers in the country.

He said that the Indian companies have a strong presence in Oman and have significant investments in the Omani free zones and ports in Suhar and Salalah. He spoke about India's economic prowess and investment opportunities.

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India and Israel have drawn closer in recent years, however, partly because of common concerns about Islamic terrorism.

The two sides signed six agreements worth almost $50 million in areas such as health, agriculture, information technology and education as Modi sought to emphasize New Delhi's commitment as a development partner for Palestinians.

PM Narendra Modi arrived in Muscat, Oman, and received a grand welcome by Sayyid Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy PM for Council of Ministers of Oman.

The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and global issues. India will continue to invest in Palestine in the projects of health, educational infrastructure and women empowerment center and also in a printing press.

Subsequently, he will visit the Sultan Qaboos Mosque and a Shiva temple in Muscat, before returning to India. It was due to the initiative taken by Oman that consequentially in the return of Indian priest Father Tom who was kidnapped by the ISIS in Yemen a year ago.

The Abu Dhabi temple will likely resemble the architecturally intricate Akshardham (meaning divine abode of God) temple in India's capital New Delhi and the under construction temple in New Jersey, said The National report.