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Ramallah: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Saturday conferred the "Grand Collar of the State of Palestine" by President Mahmoud Abbas, recognising his key contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine.

Earlier, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed to strengthen the partnership by working on a range of security issues, such as counter-terrorism, maritime security, and cybersecurity in a joint statement issued at the end of the Crown Prince's visit to India past year, when he presided as chief guest of the country's Republic Day parade.

The Palestinian President also conferred the "Grand Collar of the State of Palestine" on PM Modi "in recognition of his wise leadership and his lofty national and worldwide stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between Palestine and India".

PM Modi arrived in Amman on the first leg of his tour of three West Asian countries, including Palestine.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Gulf and West Asia from February 9 to 12 may be his fifth overall, yet there is a maiden angle to it. Day one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's UAE visit saw substantial outcomes with ties between the two countries surging ahead. "I am very grateful to His Majesty King Abdullah II for facilitating flight and access", Modi tweeted after landing here.

Vijayvargiya told the media that the Prime Minister drew upon Indian traditions and culture.

On Sunday, the Indian prime minister will also address the World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai, the UAE's largest city.

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India recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) early on, and in the 1980s it also recognized the "State of Palestine". Not only does India import much of its oil from the Middle East, but Modi is also wooing these countries for much-needed investments, especially the UAE, which has committed billions of dollars in sectors such as health care and infrastructure.

At a joint press statement with Modi, President Abbas acknowledged that the Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine.

They discussed the full range of India-Palestine ties following which the two sides signed six agreements worth around $50 million that includes setting up of a $30 million super speciality hospital in Beit Sahur. India has made a decision to de-hyphenate its policies to Israel and Palestine. Modi said that he was looking forward to the visit of the King in end-February.

New Delhi has long backed the Palestinian territories' quest for nationhood and Modi has voiced support for an independent state existing peacefully alongside Israel.

PM has taken a short tour, accompanied by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, of the Yasser Arafat Museum located adjacent to the Mausoleum.

The prime minister will today lay the foundation stone for the first Hindu temple in the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi.


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