Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday conveyed to Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas India’s “unwavering support” to the Palestinian cause. PM Modi, who spoke ahead of his visit to Israel, said India hopes to see a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel. The two countries also inked five agreements following talks between Modi and Abbas. “India has been unwavering in supporting the Palestinian cause,” the Prime Minister said in his media statement. Modi also said that India hopes for an early resumption of talks between Palestinian and Israeli sides so as to move towards finding a comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian issue. On the other hand, Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas said that the county condemns terrorism in all forms.
Describing Palestine as one of India’s ‘old friend’, Prime Minister Modi said “We hope to see the realisation of a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel. I have reaffirmed our position on this to President Abbas during our conversation today.” “Our relationship is built on a foundation of long-standing solidarity and friendship; India has been unwavering in its support of the Palestinian cause,” he added. Prime Minister Modi and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas also discussed the situation in West Asia and the Middle East.
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“We agreed that the challenges in West Asia must be addressed through sustained political dialogue and peaceful means,” the Prime Minister said. “We have also taken up for particular emphasis the areas of information technology, youth and skills development in the assistance provided by India. India is undertaking project assistance for a flagship techno-park project in Ramallah,” he said.