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Modi leaves for Palestine, West Asia tour

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Friday left on a first-ever Indian prime ministerial visit to Palestine, a four-day trip will also take him to as well as the UAE and in the Gulf.

The said the visit was aimed at deepening "our multifaceted ties with the Gulf and West Asian region".

Officials said and security cooperation, trade and investment and counter-terror efforts will top Modi's agenda during the February 9-12 trip to the region.

Before embarking on the visit, the tweeted that the Gulf and West Asian region was a "key priority in our external engagement".

After arriving in Amman, he is expected to meet of who will facilitate his transit to Palestine on Saturday.

"I am grateful to Abdullah for facilitating the transit and look forward to meeting him in Amman," said before leaving.

will be the first Indian to visit Palestine where he will meet "Looking forward to my discussions with Abbas and reaffirming our support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine."

The Palestinian President, in a pre-arrival welcome statement, described Modi's visit as "historic and significant".

In both and the United Arab Emirates, Modi was expected to meet the Indian diaspora which he described as "a bridge of friendship between and the Gulf countries".

He is also scheduled to interact with UAE and Arab CEOs in on the economic opportunities in

An said the visit would redefine "our neighbourhood from a maritime perspective" when Modi arrives in -- a close maritime neighbour of

Modi is expected to hold talks with the Sultan of Oman and other leaders.

There shall be interactions with business people of Oman on developing stronger economic links with India, Modi said.

In the UAE, he will hold talks with Vice and Prime Minister Sheikh and Abu Dhabi Sheikh

"At the invitation of the leadership of the UAE, I will be addressing the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in where India is the guest country of honour," Modi said.

As many as 12 agreements are expected to be signed during Modi's visit to the UAE. The agreements will include areas like and skills development.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 13:58 IST