PM Modi's Jordan visit, first in three decades by Indian PM: Gokhale

ANI | Updated: Feb 11, 2018 04:46 IST

Abu Dhabi [UAE], Feb 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jordan is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in three decades, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.

Gokhale further said this is first ever visit after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's visit to the country in 1988.

On February 9, Prime Minister Modi arrived in Jordan, which was his transit to Palestine. The Prime Minister's office expressed gratitude to King Abdullah II of Jordan for facilitating the transit.

On his arrival in Amman, Modi was received by Jordan Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki.

"Jordan's King Abdullah II described it [the visit] as the beginning of the new chapter in our [India and Jordan] ties," Gokhale said, in a media briefing.

The Prime Minister has invited the King of Jordon to make a state visit to India in late February for three days.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is looking forward to the visit. During the visit we [India and Jordan] will discuss several issues and also how to take the bilateral relationship forward," the foreign secretary added.

India and Jordan enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950. (ANI)