PM Modi embarks on West Asia visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to three West Asian countries, including Palestine, during which he would hold talks on deepening cooperation in strategic areas such as security and trade.

“Redefining our neighbourhood from a maritime perspective! Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a 4-day visit to Jordan, Palestine, UAE and Oman from 9-12 February to deepen our multifaceted ties with the Gulf and West Asian region,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The prime minister’s visit will begin from Palestine on February 10 after transiting through Jordan, where he will meet King Abdullah II.

Describing the Gulf and West Asian region was a ‘key priority’ in India’s external engagement, Modi ahead of his visit said his trip was aimed at strengthening ties with the region.

He said it would be his fifth visit to the Gulf and the West Asian region since 2015.

“This region is a key priority in our external engagement. We enjoy vibrant multi-dimensional ties with the countries here. I look forward to strengthening India’s growing and important ties with West Asia and the Gulf region through the visit,” Modi said in his departure statement.

(Agencies)

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