Modi reiterates support for Palestine

Modi reiterates support for Palestine

Modi reiterates support for Palestine

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shaking hands with Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas at Ramallah.

Modi told Abbas that "support for the Palestinian cause has been one of the mainstays of our foreign policy" and that he hopes a Palestinian state will be established through peaceful means.

The UAE granted the temple project after India conveyed the demand of its nationals for a place of worship during Modi's 2015 visit to the country.

The Palestinians have rejected the US sponsorship of peace talks with Israel in the wake of Washington's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in early December. He underlined India's support for a sovereign and independent Palestine and hoped for return of peace in the region. Modi assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests.

The Crown Prince also said that the Prime Minister Modi's visit is a firm indication that the two leaders are moving closer towards closer joint cooperation in all fields and stated that this is an important visit that adds to the architecture of friendship and mutual cooperation. Ambassador Navdeep Suri also spoke of the soon to be signed an Agreement on Financial Intelligence to prevent money laundering. While his transit from Jordan to Palestine, PM Modi was chauffered in Royal Jordanian helecopters which were accompanied by Israel choppers as well. Both sides signed agreements worth around USD50 million that includes setting up of a USD30 million super specialty hospital.

Mr Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday evening on the third leg of three-nation tour. India has made a decision to de-hyphenate its policies to Israel and Palestine.

Abbas stressed that Palestinians have "never rejected negotiations any day; we were and still are ready for it, and believe that forming a multilateral mechanism of several states is the best approach to overlook those negotiations". It was conferred as a mark of recognition of Modi's contribution to the relationship between India and Palestine. The Palestinians see east as their future capital.

India was among more than 120 countries to vote in favour of a resolution in December calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

"Here we count on India, with its status as a great power, its historical role in the non-aligned movement and in worldwide achieve a just peace", Abbas said. "The relations between India and Palestine have stood the test of time".

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