On Feb 10, Modi will be 1st Indian PM


DATE: Jan. 18, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

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  1. The visit will be significant for India as the government believes it will help dispel the notion that there has been any change in its Palestine policy since Modi assumed office in 2014. India's recent vote against the US recognition of Jerusalem+ as Israel's capital in the UN was intended to iterate its longstanding diplomatic position.
  2. While the modalities for the visit are still being worked out, government sources here said Modi was likely to travel to Ramallah in a chopper from Amman in Jordan. The West Bank city of Ramallah is the de facto administrative capital of Palestine. The route which Modi will take to Ramallah, which is located only 8km from Jerusalem, is important in the context of the government's policy of de-hyphenating its relations with Israel and Palestine. It will help Modi skip Israel, the way he skipped Palestine last year during his visit to Israel.

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