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Modi lays foundation stone for a Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi

12 Febrero 2018, 06:09 | Crisanna Felipe

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Narendra Modi is a trailblazer.

Some 2,000 Indian expatriates patiently waited at the Dubai Opera for more than an hour to complete security checks before their prime minister arrived. After Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (1947-64). who had an global standing, #Modi has emerged as India's best face overseas.

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. He has followed up with a visit to Palestine and the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Modi was accompanied by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamadallah at the Arafat mausoleum before he joined President Abbas to receive the guard of honour and hold talks. The Prime Minister said the aim of his visit is to further strengthen the bonds between India and Oman.

"A temple is an agent of peace and harmony", Modi said, according to NDTV. He was flown into Ramallah by Jordanian Air Force Helicopter after the first-ever visit to Jordan where he met King Abdullah.

President Abbas received Modi who said that India hopes for Palestine to soon become a sovereign and independent country in a peaceful environment.

In January, Modi hosted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his week-long trip to India, where he sought to revive a $500 million anti-tank missile deal.

For now, India is 79 per cent dependent on crude imports to meet its oil needs, of which 8 per cent is supplied by the UAE.

Abbas gave Modi the highest medal of the state of Palestine as a sign of valuing friendship with India.

India's relationship with Israel has seen a significant development in the past few years, crowned with a recent multi-million dollars deal with Israel in military and hi-tech sectors. No Indian countered this statement.

"The support for Palestinian interests in our foreign policy has always been a priority - continuous and steadfast", Modi said.

Modi laid a wreath before the Memorial - monument made up of 31 massive aluminium panels leaning on one another to symbolise solidarity between the people and the leadership of the UAE. New Delhi has since pursued efforts to "de-hyphenate" its relations with Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinians have criticized Trump's shift on Jerusalem as a sign of blatant pro-Israel bias by Washington.



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