Following is the text of the Prime
Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s departure statement prior to his visit to
Palestine,United Arab Emirates and Oman.
“I will be undertaking bilateral visits
to Palestine, United Arab Emirates and Oman from 9-12 February.
I am happy to visit the Gulf and West
Asian region for the fifth time since 2015. This region is a key priority in
our external engagement. We enjoy vibrant multi-dimensional ties with the
The visit will begin from Palestine, on
10 February 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 9th February.
This will be the first
ever Prime Ministerial visit to Palestine from India. I am looking forward
to my discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirming our support for
the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine.
I will visit UAE on 10-11 February, where
I am returning after my visit in August 2015. UAE is a valued strategic partner
with whom we have fast-tracked cooperation 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 Prime Minister of UAE
and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown
Prince of Abu Dhabi.
At the invitation of the leadership of
the UAE, I will be addressing the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in
Dubai, where India is the Guest Country of Honour.
On the same day, I will also engage
leading UAE and Arab CEOs in Dubai on the vast economic opportunities in India
and what more can be done together to bolster business collaboration.
Oman is a close maritime neighbour with
whom we enjoy excellent relations. I will hold talks with His Majesty the
Sultan of Oman and other key leaders. I shall also interact with leading
businesspersons of Oman on developing stronger economic and business links with
Oman is a close
maritime neighbor with whom we enjoy excellent relations. I am
delighted to undertake my first visit there as Prime Minister on 11-12
February. India and Oman have thriving links rooted in centuries
old people-to-people exchanges.
On the evening of 11th February, I will
be meeting His Majesty the Sultan of Oman. I will also meet Deputy Prime
Minister for the Council of Ministers HH Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said and
Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs HH
Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said. We will review bilateral cooperation and steps
to further enhance our traditionally strong links.
On 12th February, I will interact with
leading businesspersons of Oman on developing stronger economic and business
links with India.
In both Oman and the UAE, I will have the
opportunity to meet the large Indian diasporas that have made those countries
their home. More than 9 million Indians work and live in the Gulf region, of
which about one third live in the UAE alone. In Oman, they constitute the
largest expatriate community.
The Indian diaspora is a bridge of
friendship between India and the Gulf states. They are also active participants
in the prosperity and progress of their host countries.
I look forward to strengthening India’s
growing and important ties with West Asia and the Gulf region through the