On May 14, 2017, Mahmoud Abbas – President of Palestine, arrived in India for a 4-day official visit.
- During the course of his visit, Mr. Abbas held extensive talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on key bilateral, regional and international issues including the Middle East peace process.
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented a mosaic and an artwork to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his name written in it in Arabic.
- He also visited C-DAC (the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) in Noida to seek cooperation of Indian IT industry for Palestine-India Techno Park, being built by India in Ramallah, Palestine at cost of $12 million.
India and Palestine signed five MoUs
On May 16, 2017, India and Palestine signed following five MoUs post delegation level talks between Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi:
(i)Visa exemption for diplomatic passport holder
(iii)Cooperation in field of IT & Electronics
(iv)Cooperation in health sector
(v)Cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports
- Indian Government has called for an early resumption of talks between Israel & Palestine for resolving the Palestinian issue. Prime Minister Modi has said that that India hopes to see a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel.
- Developments in India-Palestinian bilateral relations assume special significance ahead of PM Modi’s Israel visit, which will be a first by any Indian Prime Minister.
Palestine is a‘de jure sovereign state’ in the Middle East that is recognized by 136 UN members.
- Since 2012 it has a status of anon-member observer state in the United Nations.
- Designated capital of Palestine is East Jerusalem.
- Rami Hamdallah is the current Prime Minister of Palestine.