Narendra Modi will become first Prime Minister to visit Palestine

Mohamed Bin Zayed receives French PM

Mohamed Bin Zayed receives French PM

Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Palestine, the first by an Indian premier, as "historic and important", Palestinian presidency today said, Modi and president Mahmoud Abbas will hold talks on the latest developments in the political process in the region as also other worldwide issues of "common concern".

Modi's visit to Palestine is being seen as an effort to balance warming ties with Israel as India turned to the Jewish state for high-end military equipment.

"The Palestinian presidency welcomed the historic and important visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the city of Ramallah on Saturday, the first of an Indian prime minister to Palestine", according to the official Palestinian news and information agency "WAFA". In Amman, Modi discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other topics with Jordanian King Abdullah II.

Jewish American leader criticizes Polish law
Israel's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it would continue to communicate with Poland despite its reservations about the law. Deputy Justice Minister Marcin Warchol said it was wrong to suggest the bill would stop people researching Polish history.

The two sides are building a India-Palestinian technology park in Ramallah, the Palestinians' seat of government, which will develop IT expertise and generate employment. Speaking to party leaders during BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, which was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah said that the Congress was not allowing work in Parliament over one issue or another which was undemocratic.

India has always been a leading country in the traditionally pro-Palestinian nonaligned movement, but has developed warm relations with Israel in recent years.

India was among more than 120 countries to vote in favour of a resolution in December calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Israel is among India's top three arms suppliers, doing business worth millions of dollars each year. "Usually, these visits are made after apprising both sides".

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