Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Palestine: Key points

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1. In a first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Palestine, Modi was escorted by Royal Jordanian choppers and Israeli Air Force choppers on way to Ramallah.

2. India hopes for return of peace in the West Asia region, PM Modi said during a joint press briefing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “India and Palestine’s relations have stood the test of time. I have assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people’s interests,” he said.

3. PM Modi announced that the exchange of students between the countries will be doubled from 50 to 100.

4. We rely on India’s role and great standing on the international stage to facilitate the peace process with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said.

5. Shortly after arriving in Ramallah, PM Narendra Modi laid wreath at the mausoleum of late President of Palestine Yasser Arafat. Then, accompanied by PM Rami Hamdallah, PM Modi took a short tour of the Yasser Arfat Museum located adjacent to the mausoleum.

6. In a recognition of PM Modi’s contribution to relations between India and Palestine, President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on Modi after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting. The Grand Collar is Highest honour given to foreign dignitaries.

7. PM Modi and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas witnessed the exchange of key bilateral agreements between India and Palestine.

8. “It is my honour to welcome you as a great guest, on your first historic visit to Palestine which holds, to you personally and to the people of India, sentiments of love and appreciation. Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine,” Abbas had said after signing the agreements.

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