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PM Modi meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

PM Modi meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Controversial new US ambassador to Israel David Friedman also arrived in the country on Monday to take up his post, days ahead of a visit by US President Donald Trump.

However, visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that a sovereign state of Palestine should be built according to the pre-1967 borders and include East Jerusalem as the capital.

"As is widely documented, the PA pays large sums of money to convicted terrorists who have murdered innocent Israelis, among them our loved ones", read the letter.

Expectations of the Palestinian leadership to foster an environment conducive to peace are imperative and obviously justified, but President Trump must realize that the conflict is asymmetrical, that Israel holds nearly all the cards, and most importantly, that Israel has the capacity to create irreversible facts on the ground that could make a two-state solution impossible.

The Palestinian news agency WAFA reports that the anniversary this year coincides with a hunger strike underway by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Earlier he had substantive meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY in September 2015.

The Media Committee of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners' society, present the summary of the twenty-ninth day of the collective hunger strike, which was embarked by the prisoners' movement in the Israeli jails, under the title of "Freedom and Dignity strike" since 17th April, 2017.

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United Nations officials have called for the blockade to be lifted, citing deteriorating humanitarian conditions, but Israel says it is needed to keep Hamas, which runs the strip, from importing weapons or materials used to make them. Abbas and his delegation spent almost two hours touring the Centre for Development of Advance Computing.

He also said that India would continue to extend cooperation in building infrastructure in Palestine and contribute to improving the lives of its people.

The two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations, regional and global issues. Speculation was rife then whether Palestine is miffed with India's close ties with Israel during the current tenure of the Modi Government.

Abbas also condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and voiced support for all regional and global efforts to fight this menace.

He is also slated to make an address at New Delhi's India Islamic Cultural Centre in the evening. He given a ceremonial Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which was followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial at Raj Ghat.


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