PM arrives in Jordan

Glen Norman
February 10, 2018

Modi last visited the UAE in August 2015, in what was the first ever visit to the UAE by an Indian prime minister.

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas terming Modi's visit as "historic" sought India's intervention to resolve conflict with Israel.

Modi left New Delhi on Friday for Amman, Jordan, from where he will launch his official visit to Palestine, the UAE and Oman.

This is the first visit of an Indian PM in the country.

Modi's visit to Palestine is being seen as an effort to balance warming ties with Israel as India turned to the Jewish state for high-end military equipment.

A day after the Prime Minister's hard-hitting speeches against ruling left front in Tripura in two election rallies, Congress general secretary and former minister C P Joshi alleged that Narendra Modi did not deliver like a Prime Minister rather it was a deliberation of a BJP man. "I am very grateful to His Majesty King Abdullah II for facilitating flight and access", Modi tweeted after landing here.

This would be Modi's second visit to his home state since the BJP's win in the December Assembly polls, in which the party won 99 out of 182 seats, its lowest tally since 1995.

Modi will be accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah during the ceremony.

The breakfast meeting was attended by PM Modi, Shah, and other top party leaders including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Lal Krishna Advani.

On his arrival here, Modi was received by Jordan Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki.

The Prime Minister will leave for the UAE tomorrow and then on the final leg, to Muscat on February 11, before returning to Delhi the following day. More than 50,000 Indians had thronged the International Cricket Stadium in Dubai to listen to their Prime Minister on his first visit.

Describing the Gulf country as a "valued strategic partner", Modi said that India has fast-tracked cooperation with the UAE in all major spheres, including economy, energy, high technology and security.

Kumar noted that the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, is now India's largest regional trading bloc and accounts for nearly 20 percent of its bilateral trade.

The UAE targets to invest $75 billion in India's infrastructure development.

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