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PALESTINE AMBASSADOR TO INDIA HINTS AT MODI’S VISIT TO TROUBLE-TORN STATE

The Hush Post: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Palestine, its envoy to India Adnan A Alihaijaa has said, but did not elaborate when the visit would take place. “I will announce here and no one before you knows that Mr Modi will visit Palestine,” the Palestine ambassador Adnan A Alihaijaa told Rajya Sabha TV.Participating in a discussion on the channel, he said India has been supportive of the Palestinian cause and the two-state solution. Speaking about the US government’s decision, he said he was looking for support from the whole world. His announcement came close on the heels of US President Donald Trump talking of his plans to shift the US embassy from Tel Aviv in Israel to Jerusalem in the process making Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. While Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, thanked Trump for this week’s decision, Palestinian leaders declared three “days of rage”  to protest the controversial move. In July, Modi became the first prime minister of India to visit Israel but didnot go to Jerusalem.
Reacting to Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, India today said its position on Palestine is independent, consistent and not determined by any third country.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India’s position on Palestine is shaped by its own views and interests and not determined by any third country.

The UN plan that partitioned Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, was adopted 70 years ago. The resolution led to the creation of Israel, but an independent Palestinian state has yet to see the light of day.

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