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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in India for four day official visit

17 Mai 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit during which he will hold extensive talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on key bilateral, regional and global issues, including the Middle East peace process.

Abbas arrived with a delegation for his third state visit to India, where he will hold key talks on bilateral, regional and worldwide issues, including the peace process in the restive Middle East, according to India s foreign ministry. This is his fifth visit to India and the third state visit after his visits in 2008 and 2012.

President Abbas will visit the Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC) on Monday, and will deliver a public address at the India Islamic Cultural Centre and hold an interactive session with prominent think tanks at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA).

The Hindu had reported that there was a growing possibility of India's participation in the next round of peace talks between Palestine and Israel.

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Abbas arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit to India. He will also have meetings with other top Indian leaders while President Pranab Mukherjee will host a banquet in his honour.

On May 16, President Abbas will be given a ceremonial guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan followed by wreath laying by him at Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi, Raj Ghat followed by delegation-level discussion with Modi. "Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine arrives in Delhi", Gopal Baglay posted a message using his official Twitter handler.

Mr. Abbas' visit to Pakistan in February this year followed by a scheduled visit to Bangladesh had then triggered speculation on why he did not visit New Delhi. The statement assumes significance given that there have been commentaries on the increasing proximity between the Modi government and Israel which may have a bearing on New Delhi's relations with Palestine. Abbas's trip will also help New Delhi get a sense of the current Palestinian position on its dispute with Israel ahead of Modi's trip.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in India for four day official visit