Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

India, Palestine sign five agreements for cooperation in different sectors

But Indian officials did not clarify whether Modi agreed to Palestinian requests to use his visit to Israel to mediate talks. Ahead of Abbas' visit, India had declared that it would continue to assist developmental projects in Palestine.

Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on Monday as the occupied territories marked the 69th anniversary of the "Nakba", or "day of catastrophe" when Israel officialy declared itself a state after the forced removal of more than 750,000 Palestinians.

Donald Trump is preparing for his visit to Israel on May 22nd, his first trip overseas as president. Modi is the first head of the government to travel to the West Asian nation.

"India is undertaking project assistance for a flagship techno-park project in Ramallah".

Once completed, it would serve as an IT hub in Palestine offering a one-stop solution for all IT-related training and services, the Prime Minister said.

He also hoped for an early resumption of talks between Palestinian and Israeli sides to move towards finding a comprehensive resolution.

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On his part, Modi stated Abbas' visit to India reflects close Palestinian-Indian relationship on the bases of mutual cooperation and understanding. He himself supports establishing Arab relations with Israel after a Palestinian state is recognized, but not before.

The two sides signed agreements for visa exemptions for diplomatic passport holders, in the fields of agriculture cooperation, IT and electronics, health sector and cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports, according to PTI report.

He said he will ask Modi tomorrow to use India's "good offices" in bringing in peace between Israel and Palestine.

Stating that India held a prominent place in the world, he said New Delhi has to play a role in the Middle East peace process. And as we stated in a recent press release, if Trump takes serious action to pursue a viable Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, APN will leverage its influence and experience to support him. The agreements concluded today are a reaffirmation of our intent to strengthen cooperation in this direction.

On day two, he will meet with Modi, his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj after a ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace and laying a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.

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