Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday left on a four-day visit to Palestine, United Aran Emirates and Oman, aiming at strengthening India’s growing and important ties with West Asia and the Gulf region.
The PM will begin his visit with a stopover in Palestine, the first ever visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister.
In a statement prior to his visit to these countries, the Prime Minister said, ‘I am happy to visit the Gulf and West Asian region for the fifth time since 2015. This region is a key priority in our external engagement. We enjoy vibrant multi-dimensional ties with the countries there.’
The visit will begin from Palestine, on February 10 after transiting through Jordan.
‘I am looking forward to my discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirming our support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine,’ the PM said.
Expressing his gratefulness to King Abdullah II of Jordan for facilitating the transit to Palestine, the Prime Minister said, ‘I look forward to meeting him in Amman on February 9.’
He will visit UAE on 10-11 February where he will hold meetings with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
At UAE, Mr Modi will be addressing the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the Guest Country of Honour.
‘I will visit UAE on 10-11 February, where I am returning after my visit in August 2015. UAE is a valued strategic partner with whom we have fast-tracked cooperation in all major spheres including economy, energy, high technology and security.
I will be discussing our progress in these areas and more in my meetings with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi,’ the PM said.
‘At the invitation of the leadership of the UAE, I will be addressing the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the Guest Country of Honour.
On the same day, I will also engage leading UAE and Arab CEOs in Dubai on the vast economic opportunities in India and what more can be done together to bolster business collaboration,’ Mr Modi said.