PM Modi, Palestine Prez Mahmoud Abbas hold talks

The visit of the Palestinian President comes ahead of Modi's visit to Israel which is likely to take place in July.

Published: 16th May 2017 03:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2017 04:39 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before a delegation level meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. Express photo by Shekhar Yadav


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today held extensive talks on key bilateral, regional and international issues, including the Middle East peace process.

The focus of the talks was to further deepen bilateral cooperation between India and the Palestine.

"A relationship marked by solidarity & friendship. PM @narendramodi meets President Mahmoud Abbas at Hyderabad House in New Delhi," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Abbas and reiterated India's support to the Palestinian cause.

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In the morning, Abbas was warmly welcomed by President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan. He was also given a ceremonial guard of honour there.

The visit of the Palestinian President comes ahead of Modi's visit to Israel which is likely to take place in July.

Ahead of Abbas' visit, India reiterated its "political support" to the Palestinian cause and had said that it continued to assist developmental projects there.

The Palestinian president arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit.


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