Indian PM Modi Arrives Palestine, Lays Wreath At Yasser Arafat's Mausoleum

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He is also scheduled to give a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday, in which India is the guest of honour.

Similarly, it has been reported that a banquet will be held in honor of Modi by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.

New Delhi was one of the earliest and staunchest supporters of the Palestinian cause and has traditionally voted in its favor at global forums.

The three newspapers said that Israel admitted that an F16 fighter jet that was involved in an air raid on Syria was shot down by Syrian artillery. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the India-Israeli partnership "a marriage made in heaven".

The visit will reaffirm India's foreign policy position that its relationship with one country is independent of its ties with a third country and will de-hyphenate Israel and Palestine after Modi's standalone visit to Israel in July a year ago.

The region's first traditional Hindu stone temple is to be built at Abu Mureikha, off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway.

Modi's announcement came during the first-ever visit by an Indian head of state to the West Bank.


Analysts say that although India wants its relations with the two countries to be independent of each other, the tilt is toward Israel, which is now among the top defense suppliers to New Delhi.

To make the 21st century Asia's century, we will need to take the required steps, even if they take a while to deliver results, the Prime Minister said.

Modi thanked the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on behalf of 1.25 billion Indians for the gracious donation of the land to construct a grand temple and said that it "reflects the UAE's commitment to tolerance and harmony".

Both governments of Palestine and India signed, in the presence of Abbas and Modi, six memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth around $50 million that include setting up of a $30 million super specialty hospital in Beit Sahur. He said India remains "committed to Palestinian national rights", but stopped short of offering support for Abbas' political agenda.

In August 2015, Modi became the first Indian government leader to visit the UAE in 34 years. He said that a new skill centre, capacity building centre, IT centres would also be set up with India's cooperation to hone skills and provide employment to Palestinian youth.

After Palestine, the Prime Minister would visit United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.

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