India, UAE sign five agreements

Katrina Barker
February 11, 2018

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed support Saturday in Ramallah for an independent Palestine and said he hoped for the return of peace to the region, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on India to support multicountry sponsorship of future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. President Abbas conferred Prime Minister Modi with Commendation of Grand Collar, it read "In recognition of his wise leadership, lofty national and worldwide stature, in appreciation of his efforts to promote historic relations between Palestine and India; in acknowledgement of his support to our people's right to freedom so peace prevails in region".

The UAE granted the temple project after India conveyed the demand of its nationals for a place of worship during Modi's 2015 visit to the country. Abbas rejected the traditional USA role after President Donald Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

"I have assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests".

"India hopes that soon Palestine will become a free country in a peaceful manner".

Modi's three-day tour will also take him to Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

The light show will coincide with prime minister Modi's second state visit to the UAE.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaving Jordan and going to Ramallah in a chopper provided by Jordan government and escorted by choppers from Israel Air Force. An agreement signing ceremony is also expected at the banquet.

At a joint press statement with Modi, President Abbas acknowledged that the Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine. Almost a dozen agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) are expected to be signed between the two countries.

It was the first visit of an Indian prime minister to Ramallah in 30 years. "We rely on India's role as an global force and its role in the non-alignment movement and in the worldwide fora, in a way that is conducive to desired peace in our region".

Even as Modi dramatically tightens India's ties with Israel, New Delhi has continued its longstanding support of the Palestinians in global forums.

Commenting on the Palestine-Israel conflict, President Abbas said, "We have said and will say we are ready to engage in negotiations".

"We want to see Palestine and Israel living in peace and security", Abbas added. India recently voted for a resolution that criticised US's decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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