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India and Palestine Inks 5 Agreements

India and Palestine has signed five agreements during the 4 day visit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to India. This is Abbas’s fifth visit to India and the third state visit after his earlier visits in 2008 and 2012.

These 5 MoUs signed were on visa exemption for diplomatic passport holder, agriculture cooperation, cooperation in field of IT & Electronics, health sector and cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports.  

Salient Highlights

India has called for early resumption of talks between Palestine and Israel and hoped to see a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel. Palestine for its part has thanked India for supporting it in various international forums. Palestine also hopes that India can play a vital role in Middle East Peace process. The Palestinian President also condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and called for regional and international efforts to fight the menace.

India is assisting developmental projects in Palestine. It has been contributing to material & technical assistance and is building a techno Park in Ramallah at the cost of $12 million.

Both the countries also called for enhancing cultural exchanges between the two sides. India has sought Palestine’s participation in the International Yoga Day to be observed next month.

Background

India and Palestine enjoy a long standing friendship. In 1947, India registered its vote against he partition of Palestine at the United Nations General Assembly. In 1974, India became the first Non-Arab State to recognize PLO as sole and legitimate representative of the people of Palestine. In 2012, India co-sponsored a resolution that resulted in up-gradation of the status of Palestine to a “non-member state‟. In 2014, India voted in favor of Palestine at the UN Human Rights Council. In 2015, India supported installation of Palestinian flag at the UN Premises similar to the flags of the member states.

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India, Palestine ink MoU for setting up of Techno Park in Ramallah

India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Palestine for setting up of Palestine-India Techno Park at Ramallah in Palestine.

The decision to set up Techno Park was taken during the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Palestine in October 2015.

Key Facts

  • The Technopark will be set up with an Indian grant of $12 million as part of India’s strong commitment to Palestinian cause.
  • It will serve as an IT hub in Palestine with complete IT facilities offering a one-stop solution to all IT-related service requirements.
  • It will also provide state-of-the-art technology, host IT companies and foreign companies benefiting local business, universities and other institutions.
  • The project will help job creation, business and other opportunities for young Palestinians.

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India gives $ 5 million grant to Palestine

India has given a grant of five million US Dollars to Palestine as Budgetary assistance.

It was given Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to his is Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Indian President visited Palestine as part of his three Western Asian countries Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

India has announced 5 projects worth 17.79 million US dollars in Palestine. These projects are $12 million Technology Park at Ramallah, and $1 million India-Palestine Centre for Excellence in Gaza, $4.5 million Palestine Institute for Diplomacy.

India and Palestine also called for a negotiated and peaceful settlement of the Israel-Palestine issue based on internationally agreed on negotiations and UN Security Council resolutions.  India also ensured Palestine that it continues to support resolution on the formation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 border at the UN.

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