Modi Voices Support for Palestinian State in West Bank Visit

Mahmoud Abbas Narendra Modi

Modi flew in a helicopter straight from to Ramallah, where he was received by his Palestinian counterpart Modi's chopper was escorted by choppers from "This is a historic visit that will lead to stronger bilateral cooperation", Modi said shortly after landing.

While providing details on the Palestine visit B Bala Bhaskar, Joint Secretary in the Foreign Ministry said, "we have de-hyphenated our relations with Palestine and Israel". He emphasized the importance of diplomacy and far-sightedness, and lauded the Palestinian people's courage, which he said was exemplary. "India will always support Palestine's development journey", he said. "Now we see them both as mutually independent and exclusive and as part of this policy the Prime Minister is undertaking this visit".

Mr Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday evening on the third leg of three-nation tour.

But he also stressed that he didn't think one vote affected the general trend of India-Israel relations, which he said was moving forward on many fronts.

In addition, a senior official told the press that Abbas will ask India's visiting prime minister to support a multi-country sponsorship that would replace the United States as the sole mediator in future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. "We hope for peace and stability in Palestine". During his July 2017 visit to Israel, Modi did not travel to Ramallah.




The PM will also meet His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and will deliver the keynote address at the 6th World Government Summit in Dubai.

Even as Modi dramatically tightens India's ties with Israel, New Delhi has continued its longstanding support of the Palestinians in worldwide forums.

Abbas has sought worldwide support for replacing the U.S. as sole Mideast mediator after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. PM Modi last visited the country in August 2015.

"We rely on India's role as an worldwide voice of great standing and weigh through its historical role in the Non-Aligned Movement and in all global forum and its increasingly growing power on the strategic and economic levels, in a way that is conducive to just and desired peace in our region", he added.

After the event, Prime Minister will interact with the leading UAE and Arab CEOs on the vast economic opportunities in India and discuss prospects to increase business collaboration and investments in India in various sectors.

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