After the Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India last month, speculations were rife on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historical Palestine visit, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister which will prove to be a turning point in the Indo-Arab relations, highlighting India’s diplomatic stance in view of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Since there are no functional airports in Palestine, Modi first landed in Amman, then he took a chopper till Ramallah.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Ramallah is gaining lot of hype, being seen as India’s attempt to delink or de-hyphenate India’s relations with Palestine and Israel.
Modi’s Palestine visit gains much significance amid India’s efforts to seek a permanent solution to the Palestine crisis and also garner the support of the international community to restore peace and stability in the region.
Prime Minister’s Palestine visit is also being deemed as India’s diplomatic move to book a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
This is Modi’s second foray into the Arab world in the line up to his earlier visit to the Gulf nations of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar. Modis’ interaction with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also been fruitful, with both the nations showing renewed interests in areas of defence, security, trade and technology.
Coming just after few weeks within Netanyahu’s New Delhi visit, Modi’s Palestine tour will definitely score him the brownie points for maintaining the perfect balancing act of sustaining bilateral relations with both Israel and Palestine.
India, despite having cordial relations with Israel, voted against the US directive to recognize Jerusalem as the permanent capital of Israel, at the UN convention. It’s extremely reasonable for India to take an impartial stand on the Palestine issue, for Palestine has every right to acquire a sovereign state with Israel being neighbour.
After holding talks with the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Modi raised the hopes for “an independent Palestinian state with an environment of peace.”
The relation between India and Palestine goes back to 1970s, when India established relations with PLO- Palestine Liberation Organization, now an umbrella of major Palestinian political parties.
But experts also argue that India’s relations with Palestine remains critical and it won’t be easy for India to ignore Palestine as there is lot of pressure from Arab nations who provide energy and jobs to Indians.I
Strengthening it’s relations with Palestine India also signed MOUs worth $50 billion on capacity building and infrastructure development projects including building a super speciality hospital in Beit Sahur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also conferred with the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine, the country’s highest honour by President Mahmoud Abbas.
On Prime Minister’s two day visit to Abu Dhabi, Prime Minister invited the Arab nation’s investment in infrastructure and development.
PM Modi and crown prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held talks in sectors of civil aviation, climate and energy.
The two nations share an excellent trade and economic relations and the current bilateral trade between the countries amounted to $53 billion as recorded in 2016-17.
However Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Middle-East visit was well rounded up as he set his foot in Oman. The Prime Minister arrived in Muscat on Sunday where he attended a special dinner hosted by the Sultan Sayyid Qaboos Bin Said Al Said of Oman.
The two leaders engaged in talks on range of issues to strengthen cooperation in trade and investment, energy, defence, security, food security and regional issues.
PM Modi also addressed an overwhelming crowd of 20,000 Indian expatriates in Oman who gathered at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium in Muscat.
At India-Oman business meet PM Modi pitched India as an attractive investment destination . But what came as the prime focus of Modi’s Oman visit was his visit to the Shiva Temple in Muscat built 125 years ago by the immigrant Gujarati community.
As a part of the last leg of Modi’s three-nation tour Modi arrived to Oman from Dubai, where he signed led delegation level talks and signed 8 agreements on trade, energy, defence, security, food, investment and regional issues.
The two parties also signed agreements on exemption on visa for holders of diplomatic, special service and official passports. Also MoUs on cooperation in areas of tourism, health and peaceful use of outer space was signed.
Oman has the largest Indian expatriate community out of the 9 million Indians working in the Gulf region and the Indian diaspora has played a special role in the establishment of its centuries old ties.