Palestine has always taken a top spot in our foreign policy: Modi


Ramallah: PM Narendra Modi and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas witness exchange of agreements between India and Palestine in Ramallah. On this event, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said,”It is my honour to welcome you as a great guest, on your first historic visit to Palestine which holds, to you personally & to the people of india, sentiments of love & appreciation. Indian leadership has always stood by peace in Palestine.” “We have said & will say we are ready to engage in negotiations. We rely on India’s role as an international force & its role in the non-alignment movement & in the intn’l fora, in a way that is conducive to desired peace in our region,”he added.

He also said,”Here I would like to assert our commitment to political action & negotiations as means of achieving our national goals to freedom & independence in accordance with the two states’ relation along the lines of 1967.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied with same gesture of solidarity and said,”This is an honour for India and a symbol of Palestine’s friendship. I thank you on behalf of all Indians for this: PM Modi on the Grand Collar of the state of Palestine conferred on him.” He said,”India & Palestine’s relations have stood the test of time. Palestine has always taken a top spot in our foreign policy.”

Modi said that people of Palestine have continuously shown exemplary courage in extremely tough times, in spite of the fact that there was an unstable environment. The way you moved forward in such a situation is praiseworthy, we appreciate it. India is aiding construction of an Institute of Diplomacy in Palestine. I am happy that we are moving forward with our developmental corporation forward during this visit. “I am happy to announce that we will double the exchange of students from this year taking it from 50 to 100,”he added.

He said that he has assured President Abbas that India is bound by a promise to take care of Palestinian people’s interests. India hopes that soon Palestine will come a free country in a peaceful manner. Modi said,”We hope for peace & stability in Palestine, we believe a permanent solution is possible with dialogue. Only diplomacy & farsightedness can set free from violence & baggage of the past. We know it is not easy but we need to keep trying as a lot is at stake”