PM Modi conferred with ‘Grand Collar of the State of Palestine’

Written by February 10, 2018 15:16

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was today conferred the ‘Grand Collar of the State of Palestine’ by President Mahmoud Abbas, recognising his key contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine.

President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on Modi after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting between the two leaders.

The Grand Collar is Highest order given to foreign dignitaries — Kings, Heads of State/Government and persons of similar rank.

It has in the past been awarded to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad of Bahrain, President Xi Jinping of China, amongst others.

PM Modi reaches Palestine

Prime Minister Modi reached Ramallah a short while ago becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine.

Mr Modi, who stayed in the Jordanian capital Amman last night, landed at the Presidential Palace in Ramallah via helicopter.

He laid wreath at the tomb of Yasser Arafat before visiting the legendary Palestinian leader’s museum which is also situated inside the Presidential complex.

Prime Minister is scheduled to hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this afternoon during which both leaders will review the entire spectrum of bilateral relations. Mr Modi and Mr Abbas will discuss issues of mutual interest, including terrorism, after which several MoUs are expected to be signed.

Both leaders will also make a press statement after the talks. Just like Israel, India attaches great importance to its ties with Palestine and this historic visit of Mr Modi to Ramallah will aim to explore new avenues of cooperation and further strengthen the bilateral relations.

The Prime Minister will leave for Amman today itself and from there, he will head to UAE.