PM Modi arrives in Oman on ME last leg tour

PM Modi to meet Palestine president Mahmoud Abbas today

Modi conferred Grand Collar of State of Palestine

The three newspapers said that Israel admitted that an F16 fighter jet that was involved in an air raid on Syria was shot down by Syrian artillery.

The visiting leader spoke about the progress of the country in the four years of the current government.

Prime Minister also formally laid foundation of first Hindu temple in UAE through teleconferencing.

Al-Quds said Israeli authorities embarked on the construction of a bypass road linking the illegal settlements of Ramat Shlomo and Atarot in occupied Jerusalem.

"We have de-hyphenated our relations with Palestine and Israel and now we see them both as mutually independent and exclusive and as part of this policy the Prime Minister is undertaking this visit", B Bala Bhaskar, a joint secretary in the Indian foreign ministry, said. Members of the temple committee met PM Modi and the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and presented them with mementoes to express their gratitude.

"We count on India, an worldwide force on a strategic and economic level, to help Palestinians achieve a just peace in our region", Abbas said. From there he visited the UAE, before arriving in Oman.

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Appreciating India's assistance in strengthening Palestinian economy through executing several projects in the Palestinian areas, Abbas said that "he can not forget" New Delhi's support and wishes to further discuss with Modi areas of cooperation in the economic sphere.

State-run ADNOC signed an agreement on Saturday with the ONGC Videsh-led consortium giving the group a 10 percent stake in the new Lower Zakum offshore concession, with a participation fee of 2.2 billion dirhams ($600 million), ADNOC said in a statement, confirming a report by Reuters.

Palestine Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah received Modi as the latter alighted from a chopper that brought him to Ramallah from Amman, Jordan.

This is the first Indian investment in the upstream oil sector of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), transforming the traditional buyer-seller relationship to a long-term investor relationship.

Modi thanked the crown prince of Abu Dhabi for allotting the land for the temple and said that the temple would send the message of unity to all.

Modi made his first ever visit to Israel in July past year, and Israeli Prime Minister paid back the visit last month. He will also meet Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said and Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said.

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