India extends $10 m grant to Palestine

Written by ASHOK B SHARMA | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 12 2010, 23:25pm hrs
India has announced a grant of US$10 million as budgetary support to the Palestinian National Authority and reassured the visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of support to their efforts aimed at economic and social development.

The Palestinian President is on a two-day visit to India from February 11. He is accompanied by his Foreign Minister Dr. Riyad Al-Malki other ministers and senior officials.

He met the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh February 11 and shared his views on recent developments in the peace process in West Asia. Singh thanked President Abbas for keeping India informed and reiterated Indias commitment to the Palestinian cause in line with our support for United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 calling for a negotiated solution resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine living within secure and recognized borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, side by side at peace with Israel as endorsed in the Quartet Roadmap and UN Security Council Resolutions 1397 and 1515.

He also reiterated Indias support for the Arab Peace Plan, and urged concerted action for achieving a durable, just and comprehensive settlement of the West Asia conflict.

President Abbas expressed his sincere appreciation for Indias consistent political and material support to Palestine. Prime Minister hosted a dinner for President Abbas and his delegation.

The Indian minister of state for external affairs, Shashi Tharoor met President Abbas before the latter left for Islamabad.

The foreign affairs minister of Bahrain, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa who was also on a three-day visit to India left on Friday.