India and Palestine Inks 5 Agreements

Tuesday 16th of May 2017

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May 16, 2017

India and Palestine has�signed five agreements�during the 4 day visit of�Palestinian President�Mahmoud Abbas�to India. This really Abbas’s�fifth trip to India and your third state visit after his earlier�visits in 2008 and 2012.

These 5 MoUs signed were on visa exemption for diplomatic passport holder, agriculture cooperation, cooperation in field of IT & Electronics, health sector and cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports.��

Salient Highlights

India has called for�early resumption of talks between Palestine and Israel�and hoped to view a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel.�Palestine to its part has thanked India for supporting it in numerous international forums. Palestine also hopes that India can play a crucial role in�Middle East Peace process.�The Palestinian President also�condemned terrorism in its forms and manifestations and called for�regional and international efforts to fight the menace.

India is assisting�developmental projects in Palestine.�It has been�contributing to material & technical assistance�and is constructing a techno Park in Ramallah at the cost of $12 million.

Both the countries also known as for�enhancing cultural exchanges between two of the sides.�India has sought Palestine’s participation�in the International Yoga Day being observed next month.


India and Palestine enjoy an extended standing friendship. In 1947, India registered its vote against�he partition of Palestine at the United Nations General Assembly. In 1974, India took over as first�Non-Arab State to spot PLO as sole and legitimate representative of those of�Palestine. In 2012, India co-sponsored a resolution�that resulted in up-gradation with the status of Palestine into a “non-member state?. In 2014, India voted in�favor of Palestine at the UN Human Rights Council. In 2015, India supported installing of Palestinian flag at the UN Premises similar to�the flags with the member states.

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