Thursday, 22 February, 2018

India hopes to see Palestine becomes sovereign soon: PM

Tonight, Burj Khalifa lights up to Indian flag every hour PM Narendra Modi conferred Grand Collar of State of Palestine
Lillian Steele | 11 February, 2018, 05:12

He also expressed honest thanks to Jordan for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit.

King Abdullah affirmed India's important role in enhancing security and stability, and combating extremism. Prime Minister Modi will also deliver a keynote address at the World Government Summit in Dubai where India is a guest of honour this year.

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas and the people of Palestine show that the Indian Prime Minister is a Global Leader.

India's support for Palestine is "unbroken and unwavering".

Officials have said India continues to support the Palestinian cause, and that Modi's visit is aimed at helping build up the Palestinians' capacity in the health, information technology and education areas. Speaking alongside Modi, Abbas said they had discussed "bringing the political process out of the deadlock due to the continued Israeli occupation of our land and the political impasse following [US President Donald] Trump's decision on Jerusalem and the refugees".

India was one of the 120 UN member states that voted in favor of Palestine in the UN General Assembly resolution calling on the U.S.to retract its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last December. The US president is also withholding tens of millions of dollars from UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees. "We rely on India's role as an global force and its role in the non-alignment movement and in the worldwide fora, in a way that is conducive to desired peace in our region".

The MoU in the field of manpower will see both countries jointly administering the contractual employment of Indian workers in the UAE. "We believe a permanent solution is possible with dialogue". Only diplomacy and far-sightedness can set free from violence and baggage of the past. "India and Palestine's historic relations have stood the test of time".

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.

Modi said he is "proud to be renewing friendship and support to Palestine" and that his country "holds on to the nobility of the Palestinian people's interests" and hoped for establishing the independent Palestinian state by peaceful means.

Modi's path-breaking visit was marked by a helicopter provided by the Jordanian government flying him to Ramallah with two Israeli choppers as escorts, perhaps also a first, with the ministry of external affairs posting a brief video of the flight on social media.

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