India and Palestine on 16 May 2017 signed 5 agreements for cooperation in different areas including agriculture, health and Information Technology. The Agreements were exchanged after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in New Delhi. The two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations, regional and international issues.
List of MoUs inked during the visit of President Abbas include:
• MoU on Visa Exemption on Diplomatic and Official Passports
• MoU on Cooperation in Youth Affairs and Sports
• MoU on Agricultural Cooperation
• MoU on Cooperation in Health Sector
• MoU on Information-Technology and Electronics
Later in a joint press statement, Prime Minister Modi said, challenges in West Asia must be addressed through political dialogue. He also said that India and Palestine will work together for capacity building and Ramallah will be made an IT hub. Besides, PM Modi also extended an unwavering support to the Palestinian cause and affirmed that India hopes to see a sovereign, independent and united Palestine, which co-exists peacefully with Israel. Earlier, in the day the visiting dignitary was accorded ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
He laid a wreath at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. Later in the evening, President Pranab Mukherjee will host a banquet in the honour of President Mahmoud Abbas. Last night, while addressing an event at India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi, President Abbas had said that India is a major player in international affairs and Palestine is looking forward for its continued support. He also said India can play a big role in establishing peace in the region because of its good relations with both Palestine and Israel. President Abbas visit is important because it comes ahead of Modi’s first-ever visit to Israel scheduled in July 2017. He will be the first Indian prime minister to visit the country.