Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make history today by becoming the first Indian premier to visit Palestine. He will become the first Prime minister from India to visit Ramallah in Palestine on 10 February and other west Asian countries.
"I have assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests".
President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on Modi after the conclusion of the bilateral meeting between the two leaders, according to PTI. The 2 sides agreed to work together on military and space development.
PM Modi had skipped Palestine when he had visited Israel in July 2017 to signal his Government's decision to treat both nations as "mutually independent and exclusive".
A second MoU was signed for construction of the India-Palestine centre for empowering women called "Turathi" at a cost of $5 million.
Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital angered the Palestinians, sparked protests in the Middle East and raised concern that it could further destabilise the region, marred by decades of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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When asked about India's growing engagement with Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas himself emphaticlally asserted that "any state has the right to establish relations with other countries". Modi then toured the Arafat museum, which is also part of the compound, before holding talks with Abbas. Modi arrived to the Palestinian territories from Jordan, flying in with his officials on helicopters supplied by King Abdullah II of Jordan.
In early January India backed a United Nations resolution condemning US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of the Jewish state. During his maiden visit to previous year, Modi did not travel to His standalone visit to had led to analysts questioning the future of the Indo-Palestine ties.
New Delhi has since pursued efforts to "de-hyphenate" its relations with Israel and the Palestinians.
"We believe a permanent solution to Palestine is possible through dialogue".
After the event, Prime Minister will interact with the leading UAE and Arab CEOs on the vast economic opportunities in India and discuss prospects to increase business collaboration and investments in India in various sectors.