PM Modi to visit Palestine: MoUs for Cooperation on Agriculture likely

New Delhi: On February 10, Prime Minister Modi will visit to Palestine, the first ever visit by the Indian Prime Minister. The Palestine officials are looking forward to expand economic ties with India and sign MoU’s with India for cooperation in Agriculture.

According to the news reported in Times of India, PM Modi is expected to arrive in Ramallah by travelling in a chopper from Amman, Jordan’s capital. The last minute change cannot be ruled out.

India is helping Palestine to build Palestine Institute of Diplomacy, and the government has allocated $4.5 million. PM Modi will inaugurate the project.

India is also helping Palestine build a technology park in Ramallah and a centre for excellence in ICT in Gaza.

Till now budgetary support worth $60 million has been extended by India to Palestine. The support is further likely to increase.

India has consistently supported Palestinian cause and has supported on International platforms, the recent being denouncing the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

India was also one of the first countries to recognise the Palestine State in 1988. India is also one of the 11 members of the UN Special Committee on Palestine, and in 1947 India was against the partition of Palestine and instead suggested a ‘minority plan’ for a federal Palestine State with two separate autonomous regions for the Arabs and Jews.

Majdi Khaldi, diplomatic adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said that “India is one of the strongest economic powers today. It is a rising economic superpower that everybody is looking to engage with. We are also hopeful of strengthening economic ties with India beyond the existing excellent ties,”