Modi seeks to boost ties with Gulf Arab states during UAE visit

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The two sides signed six agreements worth almost $50 million in areas such as health, agriculture, information technology and education as Modi sought to emphasize New Delhi's commitment as a development partner for Palestinians.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the sixth World Government Summit.

While addressing the jam-packed audience, PM Modi emphasised that there have been no allegations of corruption against his government.

Heptulla, who was earlier with the Congress and is a former Union Minister, said she was personally involved with the issue for about 40 years. The Prime Minister thanked Gulf countries for providing 30 lakh Indians a home-like environment, away from home.

The Times of India reported last month the visit was part of an effort to "de-hyphenate" New Delhi's relations between Israelis and Palestinians, noting that in the past, the government had attempted to balance its relations with both sides at the same time. "The leap from 142 to 100 is unprecedented, but we are not satisfied at this, we want to do better and we will do whatever it takes to make it possible", he said. We have to stay alert to use technology for progression and not for destruction.

He further said, "My government's mantra is 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'". In E-governance, "E" stands for effective, efficient, easy, empower and equity, he points out.

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"As a chaiwala, I know that you can't even have a cup of tea for 90 paise", he said, adding that around Rs 2,000 crore have been disbursed against claims under these schemes. He described the transformation as a miracle. He also called on the Vice President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. India is a guest of honour at the summit this year. Twenty Heads of States, head of governments and global organizations are participating in the Summit.

While speaking on the occasion of foundation stone-laying ceremony, Modi said, "A temple is an agent of peace and harmony". The UAE has two Hindu temples which are located in Dubai.

Modi made the comments on Sunday at a speech at an invitation-only gala at the Dubai Opera. This is the first stone temple to be built in Abu Dhabi off Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway. The temple itself is expected to cover about five acres of land.

The temple will be completed by 2020.

After arriving in Ramallah today for a three-day tour, PM Narendra Modi and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas exchanged key agreements between the two nations. He also interacted with business leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

It was his second visit to the UAE since he became prime minister in 2014.

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