PM Narendra Modi meets Oman Sultan, MoUs on military, legal co-operation signed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on three-nation visit to Palestine Oman and the UAE

"The cost of our Mars orbital programme is 7 Rupees per km, less than the budget of a Hollywood film".

Traditionally, India has been a vocal champion of the Palestinian cause.

The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs.

Modi also met business leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries and shared his vision of "new India" with them.

According to Indian media reports, the countries are negotiating how many Spike anti-tank guided missiles will be bought from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and their price, with senior officials in Narendra Modi's government quoted as saying the order should be around 3,000 missiles. He said that after much efforts a relationship of partnership has been built.

The Indian leader said that building good relations with the Gulf countries is a key priority. He expressed hope that the Temple would give an opportunity to the whole world to experience Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - the world is one family.

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India is today the largest importer of Israeli arms in the world, accounting for 41 per cent of the latter's arms sales. But we are not satisfied at this, we want to do better.

To make the 21st century Asia's century, we will need to take the required steps, even if they take a while to deliver results, the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is now in the United Arab Emirates as a part of his three-nation tour to the Gulf and West Asia, witnessed the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first Hindu temple in capital Abu Dhabi.

While speaking on the occasion of foundation stone-laying ceremony, Modi said, "A temple is an agent of peace and harmony".

Earlier, Indian high school student and Guinness record holder Sucheta, who has the unique ability to sing in 107 languages, performed a medley of regional Indian language songs ahead of Modi's arrival at the Dubai Opera.

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

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