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Modi meets King Abdullah of Jordan during transit stop in Amman on way to Palestine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman on February 9, 2018.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman on February 9, 2018.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman today during a stopover in the Jordanian capital on his way to Palestine on the first leg of a three-nation tour of the region that will also take him to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.
 
Official sources said the talks, aimed at deepening cooperation between India and Jordan, were "productive". Mr. Modi also thanked King Abdullah for facilitating his transit through Amman to Palestine.
 
The two leaders greeted each other with a warm hug and King Abdullah then, in a special gesture, invited Mr. Modi to his residence for their meeting.
 
Mr. Modi said he was looking forward to the visit of the King in end-February. King Abdullah described the meeting as the beginning of a new chapter in our ties. 
 
Earlier, Mr. Modi was received by the Prime Minister of Jordan on his arrival in Amman. He was also greeted by members of the Indian community in Amman on arrival at his hotel.
 
This is Mr. Modi's first visit to Jordan and also the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the kingdom in  three decades. The two countries enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950.
 
"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 countries here," Mr. Modi had said in a pre-departure statement in Delhi yesterday.
 
Mr. Modi will travel to Palestine tomorrow on the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the country. "I am looking forward to my discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirming our support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine," he had said.
 
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