New Delhi: Ahead of his visit to Palestine, the UAE and Oman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the region is a key priority for India's foreign policy.
PM will be on the three-nation tour from February 9-12, 2018.
"This region is a key priority in our external engagement. We enjoy vibrant multi-dimensional ties with the countries here," he said in a Facebook post. "I look forward to strengthening India's growing and important ties with West Asia and the Gulf region through the visit," PM Modi added.
Noting that this would be the first-ever prime ministerial visit to Palestine from India, he said he was looking forward to his discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirming India's support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine.
PM Modi said his visit will begin from Palestine on February 10 after transiting through Jordan.
"I am grateful to His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan for facilitating the transit. I look forward to meeting him in Amman on February 9," he wrote.
Describing the Gulf country as a "valued strategic partner", PM Modi said that India has fast-tracked cooperation with the UAE in all major spheres, including economy, energy, high technology and security.
"I will be discussing our progress in these areas and more in my meetings with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Pri...