May 24, 2018

India pledges $41m in aid for Palestinians during PM visit (Memo)

India pledges $41m in aid for Palestinians during PM visit (Memo)

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi pledged $41 million of aid to the Palestinians during a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

Modi’s visit to Ramallah, the first by an Indian leader, was also marked by statements promising increased cooperation between the two states, with the prime minister affirming that he was “committed to Palestinian national rights” and that “support for the Palestinian cause has been one of the mainstays of our foreign policy”.

Abbas further called on India to support its drive for a multi-lateral sponsorship of any future peace negotiations. The Palestinian Authority (PA) has rejected the US as the sole mediator of the conflict following President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Read more

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