Modi visits Ramallah [Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 10 February 2018]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his three-nation West Asia tour with a stopover in the Jordanian capital, Amman, where he met King Abdullah II.
On Saturday, Mr. Modi will travel to Ramallah in the West Bank, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, where he will hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Mr. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Ramallah.
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.
Later, Mr. Modi thanked the Jordanian King.
In Ramallah, bilateral issues and the Israeli-Palestine peace process will be discussed by Mr. Modi and Mr. Abbas, Palestinian officials in Ramallah said.
Earlier in an interview, Mr. Abbas said they would discuss the possible role India could play in the peace process.
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.
In Ramallah, the Prime Minister will lay a wreath on the tomb of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, tour the Arafat museum (both are located on the Palestinian Presidential Secretariat premises), hold bilateral discussions and have lunch with the Palestinian leader.
The visit comes weeks after Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to New Delhi.
In July last year, Mr. Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.
Indian diplomats say the visit to Ramallah through Jordan without crossing through any of the Israeli checkpoints is consistent with India’s “de-hyphenation policy”.