Prime Minister Modi to have packed schedule during UAE visit

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After becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, Narendra Modi is preparing to make history again with his visit to Ramallah, which is set for tomorrow.

Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a busy schedule in the UAE, with meetings lined up with the country's leaders, the Indian community and businessmen, India's envoy here has said. "Our discussions today will give great strength to India-Jordan bilateral relations", Modi tweeted after meeting the King. The interview, which was published on 7 February, was largely centered around the prime minister's personal interests and daily routines, but it also shed light on his bilateral visit to the UAE and the agenda he seeks to pursue when he meets the leadership of UAE. "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", he said.

Earlier on Friday, Modi arrived in Jordon and met country's King Abdullah II.

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This would be Modi's second visit to his home state since the BJP's win in the December Assembly polls, in which the party won 99 out of 182 seats, its lowest tally since 1995.

Talks between the two sides covered the Palestinian cause, and Jordan's role in protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, based on the Hashemite custodianship over the holy shrines, Jordan's state-run Petra news agency reported.

Prime Minister Modi will be accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah. According to Muhammad Halayka, the director of the Arafat Museum, Modi will be the first Prime Minister to visit the site. PM Modi had visited Israel past year in July in a standalone visit that had led to many analysts questioning the future of the Indo-Palestine ties. "All programmes will be held in Muqata (Presidential compound)".

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After Palestine, the Prime Minister would visit United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.

The visit comes weeks after Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to New Delhi.

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More than nine million Indians work and live in the Gulf region, of which about one third live in the UAE alone.

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