[President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas presents Prime Minister Narendra Modi an artwork having his name "Narendra Modi" written in Arabic at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on May 16, 2017.]
New Delhi: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is currently visiting India, met Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi who assured him of India's "unwavering support" to the Palestinian cause.
"We hope to see the realisation of a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel. I have reaffirmed our position on this to President Abbas during our conversation today", Prime Minister Modi said while addressing a joint press event with President Abbas.
"President Abbas and I have just concluded useful and detailed discussions that will add further strength to our partnership. We had extensive exchange of views on the situation in West Asia and the Middle East Peace Process", he added.
"We agreed that the challenges in West Asia must be addressed through sustained political dialogue and peaceful means. India hopes for early resumption of talks between Palestinian and Israeli sides to move towards finding a comprehensive resolution.
"At the bilateral level, India is committed to be a useful development partner of Palestine. President Abbas and I agreed that both sides, through practical cooperation, will work together to build Palestine’s economy and contribute to improving the lives of its people. We will continue to support the development and capacity-building efforts of Palestine", he said.
On his part, Abbas said Palestine appreciated the solidarity India extended to its cause.
"India is a friend. It has influence at the international level. India can play an important role (in the resolving Palestine Israel crisis," Abbas said.
He also said that he recently had meetings with US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed possibilities of an early resolution to the long-pending dispute with a two-state solution.
Earlier during the meeting with Modi, Abbas briefed Modi on the latest developments on the Palestinian cause, including efforts to revive the Middle East peace process, in addition to the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who have been on hunger strike for 30 days.
The two sides also discussed efforts to promote economic ties between India and Palestine, particularly in the field of religious tourism. They further stressed efforts to combat terrorism and achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.