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Modi conferred Grand Collar of State of Palestine

IANS  |  Ramallah 

In recognition of his contribution to ties with Palestine, Indian was conferred The Grand Collar of the State of Palestine, the highest Palestinian honour for foreign dignitaries, by Palestine here on Saturday.

"In a special recognition of Narendra Modi's contribution to relations between and Palestine, Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the on him after the conclusion of their bilateral meeting," tweeted.

It added that the honour is reserved for foreign dignitaries like kings, heads of state or government and persons of similar rank.

"In recognition of his wise leadership and his lofty national and international stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between between the and the Republic of India," the award commendation reads.

"In acknowledgment of his support to our people's right independence and freedom so that peace prevails in our region."

Earlier in the day, Modi was presented a of honour at the soon after his arrival here from Amman, Jordan, in what is the first ever prime ministerial visit from to Palestine.

He also laid a wreath at the mausoleum of Yasser Arafat, the of the and the of the

A number of agreements are expected to be signed following Saturday's bilateral meeting.

This was the fourth meeting between Modi and Abbas after those on the sidelines of the in 2015, at the climate summit later that year and during the Palestinian President's visit to last year.

The visit will reaffirm India's foreign policy position that its relationship with one country is independent of its ties with a third country and will de-hyphenate and Palestine after Modi's standalone visit to in July last year.

Palestine is the first leg of Modi's three-nation tour of that will also see him going to the (UAE) and

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 15:54 IST
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