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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.

Background

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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