Abbas lands,to meet PM,President today

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in India Monday night on a visit,during which the two sides are expected to sign MoUs for cooperation in information and communication technology,vocational training and constructing schools in Palestine

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 11, 2012 1:05 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in India Monday night on a visit,during which the two sides are expected to sign MoUs for cooperation in information and communication technology,vocational training and constructing schools in Palestine.

This is Abbas’s second state visit and his fourth to India.

Besides the talks with Prime minister Manmohan Singh at Hyderabad House on Tuesday,Abbas will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee,Vice President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday.

India is expected to reiterate its support for the Palestinian cause and solidarity with the Palestinian people.

“India has called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and had welcomed the ‘direct talks’ between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” the External Affairs Ministry said here ahead of the visit.

“The visit will also provide an opportunity for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral relations,the Middle East Peace Process,regional and international issues of common concern and in particular the political turmoil in West Asia,” the ministry said.

India has backed the Arab Peace Plan,which calls for withdrawal of Israel to pre-1967 borders,along with recognition of Israel and the establishment of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.

India had supported the Palestinian application for membership of the United Nations in 2011 and also supported Palestine in gaining membership in UNESCO in October 2011.

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