Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to Israel in July, India has announced the visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas – India has been extending “political support” to the Palestinian cause. India said that it continues to assist developmental projects there. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would be making a two day visit to New Delhi starting May 15. The external affairs ministry said the visit, during which Abbas will hold extensive talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will provide an opportunity for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process, and regional and international issues.
Several MoUs on cooperation in various areas are also expected to be signed during the visit, the ministry added.
A delegation-level discussion between President Abbas and Prime Minister Modi will be held on May 16.
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“India and Palestine enjoy historically close and friendly ties. Apart from the political support to the Palestinian cause, India continues to support developmental projects in Palestine by extending technical and financial assistance,” the ministry added.
The statement assumes significance given that there have been commentaries on the increasing proximity between the Modi government and Israel which may have a bearing on New Delhi’s relations with Palestine. In July, Modi will travel to Israel, the first Indian prime minister to do so.
During his visit to India, Abbas will visit C-DAC (the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) in Noida on May 15 to forge cooperation between Palestine-India Techno Park being built by India in Palestine and Indian IT industry.