Indian PM arrives in Ramallah for talks with Abbas

Posted February 11, 2018

Narendra Modi on Saturday became the first Indian prime minister to visit the West Bank for talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as part of a Middle East tour. "/ over the new ray hope that arose after the historic visit of the any Indian Prime Minister br / Narendra Modi to visit Palestine".

He was earlier conferred The Grand Collar of the State of Palestine, the highest order given to foreign dignitaries.

While briefing reporters on the planned highlights of Modi s visit tomorrow, Kumar recalled the history of the martyrs memorial, which houses 31 commemorative panels that signify the solidarity between the UAE s people and leadership.

Since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December, Abbas has been seeking worldwide support for countries from Europe and the Middle East to be included as mediators between Palestine and Israel - efforts that the U.S. has led.

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The state-run Oman News Agency (ONA) announced the visit which comes " In the framework of close cooperation between the Sultanate and the friendly Republic of India", it said in a statement. President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestine was relying on India's great standing on the worldwide stage to facilitate the peace process with Israel.

Jawaharlal Nehru who visited the region by virtue of being India's first Prime Minister from 1947-1962.

It was the first visit of an Indian prime minister to Ramallah in 30 years.

The agreements include building a hospital in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem, at the cost of $29 million and the construction of an India Palestine Center for empowering women at a cost $5 million. This time Modi skipped in a clear message that is de-hyphenating its ties with and Palestine.

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Abbas again denied that he was refusing to return to the negotiating table with Israel, saying he was prepared to do so on the basis of a multilateral mechanism where several countries would sponsor the peace talks.

India's refusal to back USA moves to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital disappointed Tel Aviv but was consistent with its support for the Palestinians.

"We want to see Palestine and Israel living in peace and security", Abbas added.

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.

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"We count on India, an worldwide force on a strategic and economic level, to help Palestinians achieve a just peace in our region", Abbas said at the press conference.