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11 February 2018, 02:22 | Devin Moran

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Burj Khalifa lights up in colors of Indian flag to welcome PM Modi

Modi's agenda will be driven by the fact that he had promised to offer "unwavering support" to the cause of Palestine during the visit of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas here previous year, "redefining the relationship" while taking it to the next level, sources told BusinessLine.

He also expressed hope that peace in the region would be achieved quickly through dialogue and understanding.

"We have investments from Abu Dhabi in India but we are exploring big ticket investments", he said.

"The UAE provides stability with energy security because we buy a significant portion of our oil from the country".

India-Israel relations are now seeing a positive shift ever since the current Indian PM began taking initiatives to build the closeness.

"Here we count on India, with its status as a great power, its historical role in the non-aligned movement and in global forums ... to achieve a just peace", Abbas said. The two sides signed agreements worth Dollars 50 million. The agreement includes setting up of a super speciality hospital worth $30 million in Beit Sahur and construction of a centre for empowering women worth $5 million.

The two countries have been among each other's top trading partners with bilateral trade of about $50 billion in 2015-16. Kumar also tweeted a picture of Modi hugging the King.

Palestine Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah received Modi as the latter alighted from a chopper that brought him to Ramallah from Amman, Jordan.

Jawaharlal Nehru who visited the region by virtue of being India's first Prime Minister from 1947-1962.

This is Modi's second visit to UAE since he became the Prime Minister.

The mausoleum was unveiled on 10 November 2007 and is located adjacent to the Palestinian Presidential compound, also known as Muqata'a in Ramallah. This will be the fourth meeting between the two leaders. His standalone visit to Israel had led to many analysts questioning the future of the Indo-Palestine ties.

While providing details on the Palestine visit B Bala Bhaskar, Joint Secretary in the Foreign Ministry said, "we have de-hyphenated our relations with Palestine and Israel". Abbas has also refused to meet with U.S. officials, including Vice President Mike Pence. India had recognised Israel as a state way back in 1950 but did the same with Palestine only in 1988.

After the events, the Prime Minister will leave for Oman, which is his last-leg of the four-nation Middle East tour and will return back to New Delhi on Monday.

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