Modi's Palestine visit: PM arrives in Amman
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Jordan's Amman as part of three-nation Gulf visit. From Amman, Modi will go to Ramallah on Saturday in what will be the first ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Palestine.
"PM Narendra Modi warmly received by Prime Minister of Jordan on his arrival in Amman. This is PM's first visit to the country and also the first visit by an Indian PM in 30 years. India and Jordan enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950," MEA's official Twitter handle said.
Modi arrives in Amman
Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas earlier today said he will discuss with Modi India's role in the Middle East peace process and the creation of a multilateral forum of negotiations to strike a final deal withIsrael. Modi is reaching Ramallah tomorrow amid heightened tensions in the region after US President Donald TrumprecognisedJerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Modi's gulf outreach
The unilateral US decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was challenged at the UN General Assembly where 128 nations, including India, voted to turn down the move as "null and void".
First Indian PM to visit Palestine
Though India has shied away from becoming a party in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the Palestinian leader on several occasions has stressed on a possible role for New Delhi in the Middle East peace process.
Modi will also visit Oman and UAE
From Palestine, Modi will reach Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on February 10 evening in what will be his second visit to the nation since his visit in August 2015.