PM Modi conferred with Grand Collar of the State of Palestine
Ramallah, Palestine, Feb 10 (IBNS) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Saturday conferred with the 'Grand Collar of the State of Palestine' by President Mahmoud Abbas in recognition to his contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine, reports said.
President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar, highest order of honour given to foreign dignitaries, on Modi after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting between the two leaders.
Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to make an official visit to Palestine.
In the past the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine was awarded to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad of Bahrain, President Xi Jinping of China, amongst others.
The commendation reads "In recognition of his wise leadership and his lofty national and international stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India; in acknowledgment of his support to our people's right to independence and freedom so that peace prevails in the region."
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi was accorded ceremonial guard of honour at Al-Muqata'a, the compound of the presidential headquarters in Palestine's Ramallah on his historic visit on Saturday.
PM Modi arrived in Ramallah from Amman, Jordan, which he visited as part of his three-nation tour-the two other countries being ,United Arab Emirates and Oman.
. "Reached Palestine. This is a historic visit that will lead to stronger bilateral cooperation," tweeted PM Modi
The Ministry of External Affairs said he arrived in a chopper provided by Jordan government and escorted by choppers from Israel Air Force.
On his arrival, Modi laid a wreath at Mausoleum of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
According to reports, the PM is expected to sign five agreements aimed at infrastructure building and employment generation. The emphasis is on nation building through aid and funding developmental projects.