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.
In a special recognition of Prime Minister @narendramodi’s contribution to relations between India and Palestine, President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on him after the conclusion of their bilateral meeting. pic.twitter.com/eRIndFg1aj— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 10, 2018
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
Abu Dhabi: Members of Committee of the temple which will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi presented literature on temple to PM Modi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan #UAE pic.twitter.com/ySasCYD8oS— ANI (@ANI) February 10, 2018
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
India & Palestine's relations have stood the test of time. Palestine has always taken a top spot in our foreign policy: PM NarendraModi pic.twitter.com/OmjvnYxEs7— ANI (@ANI) February 10, 2018
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
It is my honour to welcome you as a great guest, on your first historic visit to Palestine which holds, to you personally & to the people of india, sentiments of love & appreciation. Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine: President Mahmoud Abbas pic.twitter.com/CyfLT7tXbx— ANI (@ANI) February 10, 2018
PM Modi and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas witness exchange of agreements between India and Palestine in Ramallah. pic.twitter.com/QWunDV3iJC— ANI (@ANI) February 10, 2018
History in the making. In a first-ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Palestine, PM @narendramodi on the way to Ramallah in a chopper provided by Jordan government and escorted by choppers from Israel Air Force. pic.twitter.com/Nx7AtyLS8W— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 10, 2018