Indian PM arrives in Ramallah for talks with Abbas

PM Modi embarks on 4-day visit to Jordan, Palestine, UAE and Oman

Officials have said India continues to support the Palestinian cause, and that Modi's visit is aimed at helping build up the Palestinians' capacity in the health, information technology and education areas.

"India hopes that soon Palestine will become a free country in a peaceful manner". "We know it is not easy but we need to keep trying as a lot is at stake", Modi said.

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas and the people of Palestine show that the Indian Prime Minister is a Global Leader.

Commenting on the Palestine-Israel conflict, President Abbas said, "We have said and will say we are ready to engage in negotiations".

"We count on India, an global force on a strategic and economic level, to help Palestinians achieve a just peace in our region", Abbas said at the press conference. Almost a dozen agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) are expected to be signed between the two countries.

The agreement includes setting up of a super speciality hospital worth United States dollars 30 million in and construction of a centre for empowering women worth USD 5 million.

The agreements include building a hospital in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem, at the cost of $29 million and the construction of an India Palestine Center for empowering women at a cost $5 million.

Prime Minister Modi arrived earlier in the day on a three-hour visit, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister to Palestine.

The two leaders are expected to hold a press conference later today following their talks. "That's why I am here, in Ramallah", Mr. Modi said at the administrative headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying a wreath at the mausoleum of late President Yasser Arafat at Ramallah. After paying homage to Arafat, Modi took a short tour of the located adjacent to the mausoleum.

Modi became the first Indian leader in history to visit Israel in July a year ago, with the two states signing deals on cybersecurity and energy. This time Modi skipped Israel in a clear message that India is de-hyphenating its ties with Israel and Palestine. Trump's decision to declare as Israel's capital angered the Palestinians, sparked protests in the and raised concern that it could further destabilise the region. His standalone visit to Israel had led to many analysts questioning the future of the Indo-Palestine ties. The two-state solution envisions independent Israeli and Palestinian states coexisting side by side peacefully.

"We want to see Palestine and Israel living in peace and security", Abbas added.

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