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Palestinian President Abbas arrives in India to discuss bilateral, regional issues

STORY: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in India on Sunday (May 14) to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process, and other regional issues.

Abbas will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and other dignitaries during the four-day visit. At least six to seven agreements on development projects are likely to be signed following the talks with Modi.

India shares traditionally close relations with Palestine and has been contributing actively through capacity building and human resource development initiatives with Palestine.

A day before the visit, New Delhi reaffirmed its “political support” to the Palestinian cause and promised to assist developmental projects in the region.

The statement assumes significance in wake of growing proximity between the Modi government and Israel that might impact New Delhi’s ties with Palestine.

Modi is likely to visit Israel in July, the first Indian prime minister to do so.

In January 2017, some 70 countries reaffirmed that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned against any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations during Middle East peace conference in Paris.

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