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"We have de-hyphenated our relations with Palestine and Israel and now we see them both as mutually independent and exclusive and as part of this policy the prime minister is undertaking this visit", B. Bala Bhaskar, a joint secretary in the Indian foreign ministry, said.

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic visit to Palestine, President Mahmoud Abbas said India can play a key role for Middle East peace process and the creation of a multilateral forum of negotiations to strike a final deal with Israel. "Our discussions today will give great strength to India-Jordan bilateral relations", Modi tweeted after meeting the King.

The statement came from Shah after the opposition party created a ruckus during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech.

Prior to Prime Minister Modi, former President Pranab Mukherjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Palestine in October 2015 and January 2016 respectively.

Modi will be accompanied by his Palestinian counterpart Rami Hamdallah during the ceremony. He met King of Jordan. At the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Modi asked MPs to hold interactive sessions with common people and let them know the budget's provisions, mainly in rural areas where people need to be told about schemes meant for them. "All programmes will be held in Muqata (Presidential compound)".

The Prime Minister will leave for the UAE later in the day for a two-day visit.

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Kumar stated that Modi's first engagement tomorrow evening will be a meeting with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, where new bilateral agreements will be signed.

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

The UAE targets to invest $75 billion in India's infrastructure development.

Kumar noted that the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, is now India's largest regional trading bloc and accounts for nearly 20 percent of its bilateral trade.

Describing the Gulf country as a "valued strategic partner", Modi said that India has fast-tracked cooperation with the UAE in all major spheres, including economy, energy, high technology and security.