Palestine President accorded reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan

Andrew Cummings
May 28, 2017

A top Palestinian official marked Nakba Day - an annual commemoration of the expulsion of residents during Israeli independence almost 70 years ago - by demanding an apology from Jewish leaders.

The agreements signed include cooperation in the areas of agriculture, IT and electronics, health and youth affairs and sports. Earlier, he had substantive meetings with Prime Minister Modi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY in September 2015.

On his part, Abbas expressed his appreciation for India's continued support and solidarity for the Palestinian cause on global forums.

The Cairo-based league made the appeal in a statement issued on the 69th anniversary of the "Nakba" ("catastrophe" in Arabic), when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their land in historical Palestine to make way for the new state of Israel.

During his visit to India, Abbas will visit C-DAC (the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) in Noida on May 15 to forge cooperation between Palestine-India Techno Park being built by India in Palestine and Indian IT industry.

During the course of the visit, Abbas will address the Islamic Cultural Centre here.

Earlier in the day, Abbas was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here following which he paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

The visiting President will also call on Mukherjee and meet Vice President Hamid Ansari.

Abbas will participate in delegation-level talks with Modi.

Abbas and Modi will hold talks on strengthening bilateral relations and discuss the stalled Middle East peace process. "Mr Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine arrives in Delhi", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted on Sunday as President Abbas arrived. Speculation was rife then whether Palestine is miffed with India's close ties with Israel during the current tenure of the Modi Government. Earlier he had substantive meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY in September 2015.

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