Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses Indian community

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed support Saturday in Ramallah for an independent Palestine and said he hoped for the return of peace to the region, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on India to support multicountry sponsorship of future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The Indian Prime Minister apprised the King of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of various key government initiatives such as- "Start Up India', "Make in India', "Smart City', "Digital India' and "Clean India', highlighting their strong potential to provide the economy a positive thrust for sustained growth".

The Prime Minister, who arrived at Ramallah's Presidential compound earlier in the day, laid a wreath at the tomb of Yasser Arafat, the late Palestinian leader, whom he described as "a great leader. and a very close friend of the Indian people".

To deepen bilateral cooperation in the field of finance, an MoU between Bombay Stock Exchange and Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange was also signed.

Stating that his government's mantra is "sabke saath, sabka vikas", Prime Minister Modi said India has focused on the key sectors to empower its 125 crore people i.e one-sixth of humanity, contributing to the development of mankind as a whole.

"This will be the first stone temple to be built in Abu Dhabi off Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway", Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

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The "Namo Oman" community event in Bausher expects the presence of at least 25,000 Indian diaspora inside the stadium.

PM Modi joined the India-Oman business meet and met Omani CEOs.

"We believe in the importance of a possible Indian role...to reach a final agreement based on global consensus and resolutions, in which India and other countries can be part of", Abbas said.

"I have assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests", he said.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed to strengthen cooperation in trade and investment, energy, defence and security, food security and regional issues. India will continue to invest in Palestine in the projects of health, educational infrastructure and women empowerment center and also in a printing press. After completing his engagements in Dubai Sunday, Modi will leave for Oman on the third and last leg of his tour. He will also visit Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque before heading back to Delhi.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the Emirati soldiers at Wahat Al Karama memorial in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

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