We hope for a sovereign, independent, united Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel: Modi

New Delhi: On the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian people, Narendra Modi on Tuesday reiterated India’s support for the Palestinian cause.

“On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, I reiterate India’s steadfast support for the Palestinian cause,” Modi said in a statement.

“We hope for early realization of a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel,” Modi said.

In 1977, the UN General Assembly called for the annual observance of November 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

In his message, Modi said India was an active development partner of Palestine, engaged in extending technical and financial assistance to improve the lives of the Palestinian people.

“We will continue to support the development and nation-building efforts of Palestine.

“To this effect, India has increased training slots for Palestine under our flagship Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme from 100 to 150 annual slots.

“Separately, educational scholarships have also been doubled in order to contribute to human resource development of Palestine.”

Modi also expressed hope for an early resumption of dialogue between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to move towards finding a comprehensive negotiated resolution.

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