Narendra Modi's Visit to Palestine: Discussion on Regional Political Process on Cards

India has always been a leading country in the traditionally pro-Palestinian nonaligned movement, but has developed warm relations with Israel in recent years.

Modi will hold meeting with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirm support for the country and its development.

The unilateral United States decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was challenged at the UN General Assembly where 128 nations, including India, voted to turn down the move as "null and void". The step angered Palestinians who seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as a future capital.

The two leaders also addressed the plight of more than 680,000 Muslim Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since past year to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military cracked down in northern Rakhine State, amid witness reports of killings, looting and rape, in response to militant attacks on security forces.

Trump and Modi "expressed concern about the political crisis in the Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law", the White House said in a statement. "And the possible role India can play in enhancing peace in the region, as well as discussing different economical aspects beyond the existing ties we already possess", President Abbas said. "The Indian diaspora is a bridge of friendship between India and the Gulf countries".

In a significant gesture President Mahmoud Abbas conferred Narendra Modi with Grand Collar Honour which is Palestine's highest honour in recognition of PM's wise leadership
PM in UAE after visits to Jordan, Palestine

The UAE is home to over three million people of Indian origin.

India is also the first non-Arab nation to recognise Palestine and maintains diplomatic relationships with them.

A lot of Palestinian diplomats have received training in India and hundreds of Palestinians have availed scholarships to study at Indian institutions as part of New Delhi's effort towards capacity building in Palestine.

The fourth aspect, according to Bhaskar, is India's continuous support to the Palestinian cause at various worldwide fora.

This is Modi's first visit to Jordan and also the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 30 years. "They are also looking at ports, logistic centres and food parks". Both sides agreed to deepen their engagement in several areas including health, IT, tourism, youth affairs, sports, agriculture.

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