'Beginning of a new chapter': Narendra Modi meets Jordan king in Amman; first visit by an Indian PM in 30 years

Amman: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman and said he had "wonderful" meeting that would further boost India-Jordan ties.

Modi arrived in Amman on the first leg of his tour of three West Asian countries, including Palestine.

During the meeting, Modi told the King that he is looking forward to his visit to India in February end. The King, meanwhile, described the meeting as the beginning of a new chapter in the bilateral ties. "The Prime Minister expressed sincere thanks for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit," MEA spokesperson Ravish Kumar tweeted. Kumar also tweeted a picture of Modi hugging the King.

On his arrival in Amman, Modi was received by Jordan Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki. This is Modi's first visit to Jordan and also the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 30 years. India and Jordan enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950, Raveesh Kumar, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, said.

On Saturday, Modi will leave for Palestine where he is scheduled to hold discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirm India's support for the Palestinian
people and the development of Palestine.

Modi will be the first-ever prime minister to visit Palestine. The Prime Minister will leave for the UAE later in the day for a two-day visit. In the UAE, Modi would hold meetings with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

He said he will also be addressing the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, where India is the guest country.

During the visit, Modi said he will engage with leading UAE and Arab CEOs in Dubai on the vast economic opportunities in India and what more can be done to bolster business collaboration.

On the last leg of his trip, Modi would travel to Oman from 11-12 February. Modi will visit Oman for the first time as prime minister and will hold talks with the Sultan of Oman and other key leaders. He would also interact with leading businesspersons of Oman on developing stronger economic and business links with India.

More than nine million Indians work and live in the Gulf region, of which about one third live in the UAE alone. In Oman, they constitute the largest expatriate community.

Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018 21:45 PM

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