Abbas asks India to help mediate peace talks with Israel

Randolph Lopez
February 11, 2018

Prior to this visit, Modi said that he has "de-hyphenated" relations with Palestine and Israel, establishing "mutually independent and exclusive relations with both partners".

"In recognition of his (Narendra Modi's) wise leadership and his lofty national and worldwide stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India.In acknowledgement of his support to our peoples right to independence and freedom so that peace prevails in the region". The people of Palestine have shown remarkable courage in the face of several challenges.

"India and Jordan enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950", MEA's official Twitter handle said.

Various buildings in Abu Dhabi were lit in tricolour as the city was decked up to welcome Prime Minister Modi.

Modi's three-hour stop in Ramallah, the first by an Indian prime minister, was being seen as New Delhi's bid to balance its blossoming ties with Israel.

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It was the first visit of an Indian prime minister to Ramallah in 30 years.

India was one of the earliest champions of the Palestinian cause, but in recent years turned to Israel for high-tech military equipment and anti-terrorism cooperation. Immediately after the bilateral discussions and the signing of the MoUs, Mr. Modi left for Amman from where he took a flight to the UAE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the India-Israeli partnership "a marriage made in heaven". Modi said he hoped peace could be reached "quickly, through dialogue and understanding". Soon after his arrival, Modi visited the Mausoleum of in and laid a wreath at the grave of the iconic Palestinian leader.

Modi is also expected to meet His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday in Dubai and might also visit the Wahat Al Karama, the UAE martyrs' memorial in Abu Dhabi.

Trump in December shocked the Palestinians by breaking with decades of United States policy and recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital. India has chose to de-hyphenate its policies to Israel and Palestine. PM Modi last visited the country in August 2015. "We rely on India's role as an global force and its role in the non-alignment movement and in the worldwide fora, in a way that is conducive to desired peace in our region".

After the event, Prime Minister will interact with the leading UAE and Arab CEOs on the vast economic opportunities in India and discuss prospects to increase business collaboration and investments in India in various sectors.

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