New Delhi: Envoys from 20 Arab countries met BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday to discuss his party's plan in the forthcoming Parliament session, it's agenda on the internal and external affairs if it comes to power, and relations with the Arab world and India's neighbours.

The diplomats led by Moroccan Ambassador Larbi Reffouh, who is the acting president of the Arab Group, met Gadkari at his residence here.

The meeting comes soon after the UK and the US reached out to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and stated that if he applies for a visa it would be cleared as per the normal procedure.

These developments, which have taken place against the backdrop of Gujarat going to polls, could be indicative of a growing interest- and acceptance- in the right-wing party in the international community.

The Arab Group met Gadkari to discuss the BJP's plans for the forthcoming winter session of Parliament that begins on November 22, as also the party's vision on the present internal situation in India.

The grouping was also keen on knowing the BJP's internal and external affairs agenda in case it is voted to power in the next general elections.

The ambassadors also wanted to learn about the main Opposition's attitude on relations with the Arab World and India's neighbours.

Envoys from Djibouti, Qatar, Bahrain, Somalia, the UAE, Palestine, Kuwait, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, League of Arab States, Lebanon, Libya and Oman attended the programme, along with Reffouh.


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