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Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, will pay tribute to the UAE's heroes for their sacrifices and bravery at Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, said Mridul Kumar, Outgoing Joint Secretary of the Gulf Region at the Ministry of External Affairs of India.

On February 9, Prime Minister Modi arrived in Jordan, which is his transit to Palestine. Modi will also meet the Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and visit a painting exhibition by Ramesh Shukla, Suri said.

Modi's visit to Palestine is being seen as an effort to balance warming ties with Israel as India turned to the Jewish state for high-end military equipment. Besides hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also conveyed it to party workers, ministers to focus more on government schemes, farmers and middle class keeping in view the upcoming election in several states and General Election 2019. After a courtesy call on King Abdullah II and senior officials in Amman, he will ride a helicopter to Ramallah, the de-facto capital of Palestine on Saturday, since Palestine has no active airports.

This would be Modi's second visit to the country.

"The Prime Minister expressed honest thanks for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit", Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. According to Muhammad Halayka, the director of the Arafat Museum, Modi will be the first Prime Minister to visit the site. "All programmes will be held in Muqata (Presidential compound)".

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The two countries are expected to sign as many as 14 agreements during the two-day visit.


The breakfast meeting was attended by PM Modi, Shah, and other top party leaders including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Lal Krishna Advani.

He would also interact with leading businesspersons of Oman on developing stronger economic and business links with India.

Modi had said energy, security and infrastructural investments in India would be the key topics that he will discuss with the UAE's leadership.

A senior government official said they were yet to receive any official communication about the PM's visit.

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