Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will arrive here on Sunday on a four-day state visit, it is reliably learnt. This will be his third state visit to India after his visits in 2008 and 2012. His visit comes after President Pranab Mukherjee visited Palestine in October 2015 and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit in January 2016. According to sources, Abbas will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr, Foreign Minister Riad Malki, Diplomatic Advisor Majdi Khaldi, Presidency Spokesperson Nabil Aburdeineh and Palestine’s Chief Judge Mahmoud Habbash.
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Abbas will call on President Mukherjee and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, the sources said. Vice President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj are also expected to call on the visiting dignitary. At least six to seven agreements in different sectors are likely to be signed following Tuesday’s talks, according to the sources. During the course of the visit, Abbas will address the Islamic Cultural Centre here.