Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Modi assures Palestine Prez of support days before Israel visit

Kenny Thornton | 19 May, 2017, 21:55

Conveying India's support for the creation of a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Modi said that "India has been unwavering in its support of the Palestinian cause".

"In the case of India, we have always mentioned that we want India to be involved, besides Arab countries, EU, Russia and other members of BRICS", Mr. Abbas had said, terming the Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories a problematic issue.

After wide ranging talks, where two leaders inked five agreements, Prime Minister Modi, while addressing joint media, he said, "We hope to see the realisation of a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel".

The visit will provide an opportunity for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral relations, the Middle East Peace Process, regional and global issues. The project worth $12 million is the single biggest project supported by India in Palestine till date.

"We reiterate our position that the future state of Palestine should be based upon the pre-1967 borders and must include the entire East Jerusalem as the capital of the state", President Abbas said.

This is President Abbas' fifth visit and third state visit to India.

He empahsised that India is at the forefront of reconstruction of Palestine.

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He also said that India would continue to extend cooperation in building infrastructure in Palestine and contribute to improving the lives of its people.

In July, Modi will be the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.

"India has been unwavering in its support of the Palestinian cause", Modi said.

This is Abbas' maiden trip to India under the current NDA regime and Delhi hopes to have Palestine as a partner in the volatile region where it has vital human, energy and security interests.

Mentioning about the technopark jointly built by India and Palestine in Ramallah, Modi said it will a one-stop solution to IT-related services in Palestine. "We look forward to the Palestinian people participating in large numbers during the International Day of Yoga celebrations next month".

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas waves as he walks with officials after arriving at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi.

Earlier, around 70 countries had reaffirmed that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Reuters had reported.

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