Modi reiterates support for Palestine

Tonight, Burj Khalifa lights up to Indian flag every hour

PM Narendra Modi conferred Grand Collar of State of Palestine

The people of Palestine have shown remarkable courage in the face of several challenges. In honor of Modi's visit, the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building in Dubai, displayed the Indian flag on its massive LED light display. Abbas said the formation of a multi-lateral mechanism that is produced by an global peace convention is the most ideal way to broker negotiations with Israel, which is India's strategic partner and among its top arms suppliers. "Now we see them both as mutually independent and exclusive and as part of this policy the Prime Minister is undertaking this visit". After their talks, Modi said he has assured Abbas that is committed to the Palestinian people's interests.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after decorating him with the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine medal, during his visit to the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday.

India was one of the earliest champions of the Palestinian cause, but in recent years turned to Israel for high-tech military equipment and anti-terrorism cooperation. In December, India backed a United Nations resolution that opposed the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Since the visits, bilateral investments between UAE and India have witnessed an increase. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told India Today in an exclusive interview that his government was, "naturally", disappointed.

PM Modi will reach Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening and where he will be given a ceremonial reception before meeting the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential palace. "We hope for peace and stability in Palestine". Soon after his arrival, Modi visited the Mausoleum of in and laid a wreath at the grave of the iconic Palestinian leader. After laying the foundation stone Sunday, Modi will travel to Dubai where he will deliver the keynote address at the Sixth World Government Summit, in which India is the guest of honour country this year. This time Modi skipped Israel in a clear message that India is de-hyphenating its ties with Israel and Palestine. "And Israel in peace and security with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state". PM Modi last visited the country in August 2015. Describing the Gulf as a "valued strategic partner", Modi said he will engage with leading UAE and Arab CEOs in Dubai on the vast economic opportunities in India and to bolster business collaboration.

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