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PM Modi arrives in Jordan on first leg of 3-nation tour

Before embarking on the visit, PM Modi described the Gulf and West Asia region as a “key priority” in India’s external engagement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday arrives in Amman, capital of Jordan, on the first leg of his tour of three West Asian countries, including Palestine. PM Modi would hold talks on deepening cooperation in strategic areas such as security and trade.

After landing in Amman, PM Modi tweeted: “We arrived in Amman. I am very grateful to His Majesty King Abdullah II for facilitating flight and access.”

On his arrival, PM Modi was received by Jordan Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki in Amman.

Raveesh Kumar, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, tweeted: “Prime Minister Modi warmly received by Prime Minister of Jordan on his arrival in Amman. This is Modi’s first visit to the country and also the first visit by an Indian PM in 30 years. India and Jordan enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950.”

Before embarking on the visit, PM Modi described the Gulf and West Asia region as a “key priority” in India’s external engagement.

PM Modi had said his trip was aimed at strengthening ties with the region, adding that, 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,” PM Modi had said in his departure statement.

The external affairs ministry, ahead of PM’s visit, had said the visit was aimed at deepening “our multifaceted ties with the Gulf and West Asian region”.

Officials said energy and security cooperation, trade and investment and counter-terror efforts will top Modi’s agenda during the February 9-12 trip to the region.

Ahead of PM’s historic Palestine visit, Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas said that he will discuss with PM Modi India’s role in the Middle East peace process and the creation of a multilateral forum of negotiations to strike a final deal with Isarel.

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