On Friday, Prime Minister Modi began his three nation tour of West Asia. The PM also had a stop in Amman, Jordan’s capital where he met King Abdullah II. Today, Modi travelled to Ramallah the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.
PM Modi will also hold talks with the President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas. This is the first time a Prime Minister from India is visiting Ramallah.
Modi arrived at the Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport where he was welcomed by Prime Minister Mamdouh Abbadi and members of his Government. A local news channel reported regarding the talks held between Modi and Abbadi. It read, “Talks between the two sides covered the Palestinian cause, and Jordan’s role in protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, based on the Hashemite custodianship over the holy shrines.”
Later PM Modi tweeted thanks to the ruler of Jordan, “Landed in Amman. I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan for facilitating the transit.” Modi further added, “Had a wonderful meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. Our discussions today will give great strength to India Jordan bilateral relations.”
Palestinian officials in Ramallah explained the two sides would focus on the bilateral issues and the Israel Palestine peace process. In an interview earlier Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas said he plans to discuss India’s role in bringing peace to this disputed region.
The two countries are also involved in building an India Palestinian technology park in Ramallah. The Park will work towards developing its IT expertise and generate employment.