India and Palestine have signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in different areas including health and education. The MoUs were signed after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at Ramallah.
PM Modi had reached Ramallah, capital of Palestine via helicopter from Jordanian capital Amman becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine. He was conferred Grand Collar of the state of Palestine, the highest order given to foreign dignitaries.
Signed agreements are
- MoU for setting up of India-Palestine Super-specialty hospital at Beit Sahour in Bethelhem Governorate.
- MoU for construction of Turathi: India Palestine Centre for Empowring women.
- MoU for setting up of new National Printing Press at Ramallah.
- MoU for Construction of school in Muthalth Al Shuhada Village.
- MOU for construction of school in Tamoon village in Tubas Governorate.
- MoU for providing assistance for construction of additional floor to Jawahar Lal Nehru for Boys at Abu Dees.
During the deliberations, both leaders reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and discussed issues of mutual interest. The highlights of joint press statement:
India is bound by promise to take care of interests of people of West Asian country. Both counties share historic and strong ties which have stood test of time. Palestine has continuously shown exemplary courage in tough times and India hopes to see independent Palestine soon. India expresses happiness that both countries are moving ahead with development cooperation. India will aid construction of an Institute of Diplomacy in Palestine.
PM Modi’s visit reaffirms depth of relationships two countries share that will contribute to further development and advancement of bilateral ties. Palestine relies on India’s role as international force and its role in non-alignment movement, in a way that is conducive to desired peace in the region.