Prime Minister Narendra Modi accomplishes his four day visit to Palestine, UAE and Oman from 9th to 12th February. PM Modi called it a “key priority in our external engagement”. Raveesh Kumar, ministry of external affairs spokesperson said that the visit to the four countries aimed at strengthening “our multifaceted ties with the gulf and west Asian region”.
PM Modi started his tour by visiting Jordon where he was warmly welcomed by Jordon PM Hani Al-Mulki in Amman and met king Abdullah II who lend a hand to his visit to Palestine.
PM Modi became the first ever Indian prime minister to visit Palestine. He was welcomed by Palestinian presidency by describing his visit as “historic and significant”. He proceeded to Ramallah, the capital of Palestine authority where he assured Palestine of Indian’s support and said, “I have assured president Abbas that Indian is bound by a promise to take care of Palestinian people’s interest”.
The two countries mutually signed six memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for the betterment of Palestine during his visit. Bilateral ties were signed at the cost of $30 million for setting up of an Indian Palestine super speciality hospital at Beit Sahour in Bethlehem governate. India will also support Palestine for setting up of $5 million national printing press at Ramallah. For the empowerment of the women, another MOU was signed called as “Turathi” with the total cost of $5 million. PM Modi was honoured with the Palestinian honour “the grand collar” by president Mahmoud Abbas.
United Arab Emirates
The second day of the tour started with his arrival at Abu Dhabi where he addresses crown prince and deputy commander of the UAE armed forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The two countries signed five MOU’s on the field of railways, energy and employment. PM Modi laid the foundation of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi on 55,000 sq. m of land via video-conferencing.
To cooperate in the field of labour-related e-platform, another MOU’s was signed between the two sides along with combating malpractices like trafficking and collaborative programmes for education and awareness of contractual workers, reported IANS.
He addresses UAE’s business leaders in gulf corporate council (GCC) to boost India’s trade and investment relations with the gulf nations.
While addressing the Indian community at Dubai opera house on Sunday,PM Modi said, “I assure you that we will work together to bring to reality the dreams you see, here and in India”.
After visiting UAE, prime minister landed Oman on Sunday evening and held talks with Sultan Qaboos bin said al said.
PM Modi said that, “the India Oman ties have always remained strong besides facing all ups and downs in the political environment in both the countries” while addressing the Indian diaspora at the Sultan Qaboos sports complex in Muscat. He used the opportunity to promote the new national health protection scheme called as ‘Ayushman Bharat’ while addressing.
The two countries signed eight agreements in the field of tourism, health and peaceful uses of outer space along with another MOU on military cooperation.
About thousands of Indian natives travelled excitedly from Salalah, Sohar and Sur to listen to PM Modi.