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PM Modi pays homage to iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

Press Trust of India  |  Ramallah (West Bank) 

today laid a wreath at the mausoleum of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in his first engagement on a historic visit to Palestine.

Modi, the first Indian to make an official visit to Palestine, flew in a helicopter straight from to Ramallah, where he was received by his Palestinian counterpart

The Prime Minister, accompanied by Hamdallah, visited the Mausoleum of The mausoleum was unveiled on November 10, 2007 and is located adjacent to the Palestinian Presidential compound, also known as here.

"Abu Ammar was one of the greatest world leaders. His contribution to Palestine is historical. He was a good friend of I paid tributes to him in Ramallah," Modi tweeted, referring to

After paying homage to Arafat, the took a short tour accompanied by Hamdallah of the Museum located adjacent to the mausoleum.

The length of each of the mausoleum's walls is 11 meters forming a cube, signifying the date of Arafat's death on the 11th day of the 11th month.

Adjacent to the is a minaret which is 30 meters high. At the top of the minaret is a that projects a beam of light in the direction of

During a joint press statement with Palestinian after a meeting with him, Modi said Arafat's contribution to the Palestinian struggle is unshakable.

"He was a special friend of It was an unforgettable moment for me to visit a museum dedicated to him. I once again pay tribute to Abu Ammar," Modi said.

Arafat, born in 1929 in Cairo, served as Palestine's for eight years until his death on November 11, 2004.

In 1990, the negotiated with Israelis and in 1993 they came up with Accords that gave self rule in the and

In 1994, Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize, together with Israeli leaders Yitzhak and Shimon Peres, for the negotiations at

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 18:35 IST