Modi to meet Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas today

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

After becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, Narendra Modi is preparing to make history again with his visit to Ramallah, which is set for tomorrow.

The Palestinian President also said that he will discuss with PM Modi India's role in the Middle East peace process and the creation of a multilateral forum of negotiations to strike a final deal with Israel.

"It is a matter of even greater happiness that new government-to-government and business-to-business initiatives promise to add even more strength and depth to the bilateral cooperation in various areas of economic activity", Modi told Xpress.

He said he will also be addressing the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the guest country.

Describing India as a "very respected country in the worldwide arena", Abbas said that India can have a possible role in creating a multilateral forum of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis to reach a final agreement.

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"We believe in the importance of a possible Indian role... to reach a final agreement based on worldwide consensus and resolutions, in which India and other countries can be part of", President Abbas said.

Talks between the two sides covered the Palestinian cause, and Jordan's role in protecting Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, based on the Hashemite custodianship over the holy shrines, Jordan's state-run Petra news agency reported.

As Palestine works to establish an global multilateral mechanism of negotiations, the Palestinian leader stated that "India can play a role in this".

Ahmad Majdalani, a Palestine Liberation Organisation Executive Committee member, said improved relations between Israel and India could help the Palestinians.

Modi is on a three-nation tour Jordon, Palestine and UAE starting Friday.

The breakfast meeting was attended by PM Modi, Shah, and other top party leaders including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Lal Krishna Advani.

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The amount of money sent back annually by the Indian diaspora in the region is around $35 billion, which sustains millions of families back in India, he further said.

Due to President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital past year, the U.S. will likely no longer be regarded as a capable mediator.

India has consistently voted in favour of resolutions supporting the Palestinian cause at worldwide forums, an issue that has bothered strategic partner Israel. Jordan's Indian community representatives also greeted him.

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