Dubai's iconic buildings light up in Indian tri-colour

Dubai's iconic buildings light up in Indian tri-colour

Dubai's iconic buildings light up in Indian tri-colour

Palestinians seek a two-state solution "based on the 1967 borders and global resolution" with Jerusalem as a capital for the Palestinian state, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced during a joint press conference with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met UAE vice president and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and discussed ways to expand bilateral cooperation in trade, defence and people-to-people contacts.

Modi said that India was proud to help the Palestinians build state institutions and support the government's budget and projects.

In the area of financial services, MoU between BSE and Abu Dhabi Securities exchange was also inked.

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Trump in December shocked the Palestinians by breaking with decades of U.S. policy and recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Prime Minister arrived from Jordon and is on his second leg of his three-nation tour.

Al-Quds said Israeli authorities embarked on the construction of a bypass road linking the illegal settlements of Ramat Shlomo and Atarot in occupied Jerusalem. Prime Minister held delegation-level talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

Modi expressed his hope for an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, to be established as soon as possible. On Sunday, Modi will meet members of the Indian community here during the course of which he will lay the foundation stone of the first Indian temple in Abu Dhabi via video linking.

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Earlier in the day, Modi was in Ramallah where he received a rousing welcome on the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Palestine.

"I assure you that we will work together to bring to reality the dreams you see, here and in India", Modi said.

The two sides signed six agreements worth almost $50 million in areas such as health, agriculture, information technology and education as Modi sought to emphasize New Delhi's commitment as a development partner for Palestinians. He said that a new skill centre, capacity building centre, IT centres would also be set up with India's cooperation to hone skills and provide employment to Palestinian youth.

"We count on India's role as an worldwide force of great prestige and weight", Abbas said, noting "its rising power at the strategic and economic levels" that could "contribute to the achievement of a just peace in our region".

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