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Jordanian King Abdullah pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

SNS | New Delhi |

Following the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jordanian King Abdullah II Bin Al-Hussein on Thursday visited Rajghat to pay floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Abdullah offered red rose petals at the memorial of the ‘father of the nation’ on the banks of River Yamuna. Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh accompanied the Jordanian king.

Earlier in the day, Abdullah inspected a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace and was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

King Abdullah will hold talks with Modi later in the day during the course of which the two sides will discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet in honour of the King on Thursday while Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will also call on the visiting dignitary.

India-Jordan trade stood at $1.35 billion in 2016-17, according to figures provided by the External Affairs Ministry.

Earlier this month, King Abdullah hosted Modi at his residence in Amman. Jordan had facilitated Modi’s transit to Palestine in what was the first ever prime ministerial visit from India to that West Asian nation.

Breaking protocol, Modi received King Abdullah on Tuesday — who arrived here on a three-day state visit. Modi welcomed King Abdullah with a warm hug as he alighted from the aircraft

This is King Abdullah’s second visit to India after his visit along with Queen Rania in 2006.