Febrero 24, 2018

After cooperation with Israel, Modi goes to Palestine to balance out ties

10 Febrero 2018, 06:51 | Crisanna Felipe

A man being frisked by a jawan at the border on Wednesday

A man being frisked by a jawan at the border on Wednesday

He will make a historic visit to Palestine, the first by an Indian prime minister. "Time has come for you to be held accountable and answerable to the people of India", Prime Minister Modi said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday that he is counting on India's support for a multi-country sponsorship of any future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The basic idea of an Indian trip here - it is the first leg of a three-nation trip, the other countries being the USE (Riyadh) and Oman (Muscat) - is to stress on India's de-hyphenating of relationship with Israel and Palestine.

Stating that there are four dimensions to the visit to Palestine, Bhaskar said that this will be first ever prime ministerial visit from India to that country.

Speaking at a joint press conference after their talks, Abbas said the Palestinians are committed to the peace process as a way to achieve the two-state solution.

During his visit to Palestine, Modi is expected to announce the setting up of a super-specialty hospital in Ramallah, the Palestinian capital, NDTV reported.

Ahmad Majdalani, a PLO Executive Committee member, said that improved relations between Israel and India could benefit the Palestinians.

The Palestinian presidency affirmed that the visit would also be an opportunity to thank India for its continued support for peace and the right of the Palestinian people to freedom and independence.

The Mausoleum of Yasser Arafat was unveiled on November 10, 2007 and is located adjacent to the compound of Presidential Headquarters (Al-Muqata'a).

Trade with the Palestinian Territories is estimated at 30 million dollars, according to the ministry.

The Prime Minister also said that India is aiding construction of an Institute of Diplomacy in Palestine.

Experts say that sustained engagement with the Arab World has been a success story of Indian foreign policy under the Modi government and it has raised partnership to the next level. "I hope it will function as an institution that parts skills that create employment and also as a service centre", the prime Minister said.

He is travelling to Oman for the first time. He called it an honour for India and a symbol of Palestine's friendship with New Delhi. If successful, the country's influence in West Asia would increase, enabling for further promotion of Indian interests in the conflict-prone region.

There is a strong opinion growing in Palestine that with the disruptive role that the USA has played on the issue of Jerusalem and with the closeness that Modi shares with Benjamin Netanyahu, India could be an influencer rather than a disruptor.

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