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Modi's visit to reaffirm India-Palestine relations

Modi's visit to reaffirm India-Palestine relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a packed schedule during his four days visit to Palestine, UAE and Oman from ninth of this month. PM Narendra Modi, according to the Haaretz, is trying for a marriage with Israel while refusing to divorce Palestine and Iran. India has been a longstanding supporter of the Palestine cause since even before the formation of the Israeli state in 1948. While the visits show a shift in diplomatic India-Israel relations, it is still a point to consider whether the relations would last long, as Palestine and Iran still continue to pose a threat to the same.

In the past three years, Modi has initiated a greater engagement with West Asian countries, having travelled for highly successful visits to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Ahead of the first visit by an Israeli leader to India in 15 years, Netanyahu said he was "disappointed" by India´s decision. This will be the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Palestine, and Prime Minister Modi's second visit to UAE and first to Oman.

The Hindu had reported earlier that Mr. Modi would begin his visit from the Jordanian capital of Amman, from where he will be travelling to the West Bank territory of Palestine. It will also be Modi's second visit to the UAE, the first one being in August 2015.

India has agreed to deepen engagement with Palestine in health, IT, tourism, youth affairs, and sports sectors.

"He will be laying a foundation stone for the temple through a video link".

After making the keynote address at the event, Modi is slated to meet Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum. The MEA said the visit of PM Modi to Palestine is an "expression of solidarity" with the Palestinian people.

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He also said that the UAE has done a lot in meeting India's foreign direct investment (FDI) requirements.

He will also hold meetings with Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan to develop the comprehensive strategic partnership between the nations.

Mridul Kumar said that Oman is a country of strategic importance for India and defence forces of the two country have held joint exercises.

"Beyond the buyer-seller relationship, we have now moved into the strategic sphere in terms of our energy security", he added.

The UAE is also the first partner of India's National Investment and Infrastructure Fund and invested $1 billion as the anchor investor.