Indian PM makes historic visit to Palestine

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a four-day tour to West Asian countries, arrived in Palestine and met Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday. "/ over the new ray hope that arose after the historic visit of the any Indian Prime Minister br / Narendra Modi to visit Palestine".

PM Modi's first visit to Palestine underlined India's independent relations with the two warring states in the region. Modi is the first Indian to make an official visit to Palestine.

Since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December, Abbas has been seeking global support for countries from Europe and the Middle East to be included as mediators between Palestine and Israel - efforts that the U.S. has led.

India has been continuously supporting the Palestinian cause at various worldwide foram.

The prime minister thanked President Abbas for the recognition.

He said hopes for the return of peace in this region.

Noting that he had earlier visited the mausoleum of Yasser Arafat, Modi hailed him as "one of the greatest leaders in history".

After holding talks with Abbas, Modi said he had assured the Palestinian leader that "India is bound by a promise to take care of Palestinian people's interests".

The two sides signed six agreements worth almost $50 million in areas such as health, agriculture, information technology and education as Modi sought to emphasize New Delhi's commitment as a development partner for Palestinians. Some important agreements are also likely to be signed during the visit aimed to strengthen the bonds of friendship between both the nation. While his transit from Jordan to Palestine, PM Modi was chauffered in Royal Jordanian helecopters which were accompanied by Israel choppers as well.

"We want to see Palestine and Israel living in peace and security", Abbas added.

B Bala Bhaskar, a joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, said India has "de-hyphenated" its relations with Palestine and Israel. "We rely on India's role as an worldwide force of great standing through its historical role in the Non-aligned Movement and its increasing, growing power in strategic and economic levels, in a way that is conducive to a just and desired peace", said Abbas in a joint press statement.

India was among more than 120 countries to vote in favour of a resolution in December calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. "The relations between India and Palestine have stood the test of time".

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