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Palestinian state should be established as soon as possible

Palestinian state should be established as soon as possible

This is the first ever prime ministerial visit to Palestine from India. Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to step on Palestinian soil and will spend around three hours in Palestine on this visit that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has described as "significant".

But Indian officials said India continued to support the Palestinian cause and that Modi's visit is aimed at helping build up the Palestinians' capacity in the health, information technology and education areas.

Israeli authorities control all entrance and exit points to the West Bank including its 150 km border with Jordan and the airspace above. 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. "Modi said that he was looking forward to the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India next month", External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the award as an honour for the people of India.

In December past year, US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a controversial decision which angered the Palestinians, sparked protests in the Middle East and raised concern that it could further destabilise the already volatile region.




Prime Minister Modi and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al Nahyan held bilateral talks after a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. "In line with this, they agreed to initiate joint development projects for third countries, including exploring joint projects in Afghanistan in line with the need of the people of Afghanistan", the statement said.

Modi is visiting the United Arab Emirates for the second time after his 2015 trip to the Gulf country.

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. From there he visited the UAE, before arriving in Oman.

The temple's construction will be completed by 2020, and open to people of all religious backgrounds.

Earlier, addressing the Indian diaspora at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Oman's capital, Modi said the ties of India and Oman have always remained strong despite the ups and downs in the political environment in both the countries.


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