India's Modi, Jordan king discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict

PM Modi to meet Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas today

PM Modi to meet Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas today

Earlier on Sunday, PM Modi while addressing the members of the Indian community at the Dubai Opera House said that India's relations with the UAE were much more than that of a buyer and a seller as he hailed the country's growing ties with the Gulf countries as "deep, broad and vibrant".

Five MoUs were signed in the the presence of PM Shri Narendra Modi and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces relating to the energy sector, railways, manpower and financial services.

A palace statement said the two met Friday, a day before Modi's first-ever visit to the West Bank.

"We discussed regional and global developments that have a role in peace in the world and in the region", Bloomberg reported the prime minister as saying, as he stood alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

India has always been a leading country in the traditionally pro-Palestinian Non-Aligned Movement, but has developed warm relations with Israel in recent years. He recounts the time he last visited Oman, ten years ago while he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, while on a visit to Africa.

In January, Modi hosted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his week-long trip to India, where he sought to revive a $500 million anti-tank missile deal.

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Mr Modi also met his Kyrgyzstan counterpart Sapar Isakov in Dubai.

Making a veiled attack at the Opposition, Modi said, "We have to bring India at a par with the rest of the world". At this meeting he also described the vision of "New India" and shared the ease of doing business. It is for this reason that the world is recognising India as a great investment destination.

"The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will come up on 55,000 square metres of land and the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday will be a historic event", said Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri.

PM Modi said that the temple is a testimony to UAE's commitment to tolerance & harmony.

"The temple will incorporate all aspects and features of a traditional Hindu temple as part of a fully functional, social, cultural and spiritual complex", he said.

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