PM Narendra Modi landed in Jordanian capital Amman, his transit to Palestine, on Friday. (All photos courtesy: Twitter)
PM Narendra Modi landed in Jordanian capital Amman, his transit to Palestine, on Friday. (All photos courtesy: Twitter)
"Landed in Amman. I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan for facilitating the transit: PM @narendramodi," tweeted PMO India
"Deepening cooperation with Jordan...PM @narendramodi and His Majesty King Abdullah II held productive talks in Amman," tweeted PMO India
"The Indian community enthusiastically welcomes PM @narendramodi to Amman," tweeted PMO India
"Threshold of history. After a fruitful time spent in #Jordan, PM @narendramodi departs for Palestine to meet President Abbas and visit the Mausoleum and museum of late President Yasser Arafat," tweeted Raveesh Kumar, MEA India
"Reached Palestine. This is a historic visit that will lead to stronger bilateral cooperation," tweeted PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid wreath at the mausoleum of late President of Palestine Yasser Arafat in Ramallah
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid wreath at the mausoleum of late President of Palestine Yasser Arafat in Ramallah
"From the ceremonial welcome for PM @narendramodi in Palestine," tweeted PMO India
In a special recognition of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s contribution to relations between India and Palestine, President Mahmoud Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on him after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting
In a special recognition of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s contribution to relations between India and Palestine, President Mahmoud Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on him after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting
PM Narendra Modi landed in Jordanian capital Amman, his transit to Palestine, on Friday. (All photos courtesy: Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid wreath at the mausoleum of late President of Palestine Yasser Arafat in Ramallah
In a special recognition of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s contribution to relations between India and Palestine, President Mahmoud Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on him after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting

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In Pictures: PM Narendra Modi’s Historic Visit To Palestine

Written By Veda Ramaswamy | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Ramallah on a historic visit to Palestine
  • During his visit, PM Modi will meet President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirm India's support for the Palestinian people
  • PM Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Ramallah on a historic visit to Palestine during which he will meet President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirm India's support for the Palestinian people.

PM Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Ramallah, arrived in Palestine on the first leg of his three-nation tour.

Prime Minister Modi and President Abbas will discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations as well as discuss the regional and international situations of common concern.

"We will discuss the recent updates with Prime Minister Modi, and the recent developments in the peace process, the bilateral relations, and the regional situations. And the possible role India can play in enhancing peace in the region, as well as discussing different economical aspects beyond the existing ties we already possess," Abbas had told PTI.

Describing India as a "very respected country in the international arena", the 82-year-old Palestinian President had said that India can have a possible role in creating a multilateral forum of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis to reach a final agreement.

According to Abbas, Modi's visit to the region reflects India's long-held position of supporting peace and stability in the region.

Modi began his engagement by laying a wreath at the Mausoleum of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

He was accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah.

READ | PM Narendra Modi Lays Wreath At Mausoleum Of Yasser Arafat In Ramallah

After paying homage to Arafat, the Prime Minister took a short tour, accompanied by Hamdallah, of the Yasser Arafat Museum located adjacent to the Mausoleum.

Modi will then be received by President Abbas before the ceremonial welcome at the Muqata'a.

The two leaders will then have discussions, sign bilateral agreements, hold a joint press conference and share lunch before Modi leaves for Amman in a chopper.

Watch | Video From Inside PM Narendra Modi’s Chopper When He Took Off From Amman To Ramallah

During his maiden visit to Israel last year, Modi did not travel to Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government. His standalone visit to Israel had led to many analysts questioning the future of the Indo-Palestine ties.

Modi's visit to Palestine comes amid heightened tensions in the region after US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The unilateral US decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was challenged at the UN General Assembly where 128 nations, including India, voted to turn down the move as "null and void".

Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital angered the Palestinians, sparked protests in the Middle East and raised concern that it could further destabilise the region.

Though India has shied away from becoming a party in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the Palestinian leader on several occasions has stressed on a possible role for New Delhi in the Middle East peace process.

READ | Here's All You Need To Know About The Grand Collar Of The State Of Palestine That Was Conferred On PM Modi

India believes in a two-state solution in which both Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist peacefully.

The two-state solution envisions independent Israeli and Palestinian states coexisting side by side peacefully. The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as their future capital.

(With PTI inputs)

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