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PM Modi arrives in UAE as part of 3-nation Gulf, West Asia tour: As it happened on Saturday

Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine, flew in a Jordanian army helicopter straight from Amman to Ramallah, where he was received by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Ramallah (West Bank) [ Updated: February 10, 2018 23:32 IST ]
Delegation level talks led by PM Narendra Modi and the
Delegation level talks led by PM Narendra Modi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today as the two sides signed five agreements including a historic pact awarding a consortium of Indian oil companies a 10 per cent stake in offshore oil concession. 

Modi, who arrived here from Jordan on the second leg of his three-nation tour, was received by Mohammed Bin Zayed and other members of the Royal family at the airport. The two leaders hugged each other and exchanged pleasantries. 

​Also Read: Modi in Palestine: Indian PM conferred 'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine'

As it happened on Saturday: 

10:15 pm: 5 government-to-government MoUs signed between India and UAE in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan 

6:50 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi

# We hope for peace & stability in Palestine, we believe a permanent solution is possible with dialogue. Only diplomacy & farsightedness can set free from violence & baggage of the past. We know it is not easy but we need to keep trying as a lot is at stake: PM Modi

# I have assured President Abbas that India is bound by a promise to take care of Palestinian people's interests. India hopes that soon Palestine will come a free country in a peaceful manner: PM Modi in Palestine

4:21 pm: I am happy to announce that we will double the exchange of students from this year taking it from 50 to 100: PM Narendra Modi

4:20 pm: India is aiding construction of an Institute of Diplomacy in Palestine. I am happy that we are moving forward with our developmental corporation forward during this visit: PM Modi

4:15 pm: People of Palestine have continuously shown exemplary courage in extremely tough times, in spite of the fact that there was an unstable environment. The way you moved forward in such a situation is praiseworthy, we appreciate it: PM Modi

4:11 pm: This is an honour for India and a symbol of Palestine's friendship. I thank you on behalf of all Indians for this: PM Modi on the Grand Collar of the state of Palestine conferred on him.

# Here I would like to assert our commitment to political action & negotiations as means of achieving our national goals to freedom & independence in accordance with the two states' relation along the lines of 1967: President Mahmoud Abbas

# We have said & will say we are ready to engage in negotiations. We rely on India's role as an international force & its role in the non-alignment movement & in the intn'l fora, in a way that is conducive to desired peace in our region: President Abbas on Israel-Palestine relations

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