Narendra Modi has arrived in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on a landmark visit – the first ever by an Indian prime minister – that Palestinian leaders have hailed as “historic”.
After holding talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Modi said India hoped to see an “independent Palestinian state living in an environment of peace”.
Earlier he met Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and visited the Yasser Arafat Museum where he laid a wreath.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 10, 2018
In a Twitter post on Friday, Modi noted looking forward to “reaffirming our support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine”.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that the two leaders will discuss means of enhancing “bilateral relations”, and are set to sign a memorandum of understanding.
Experts say the visit is part of balancing Indian foreign policy in the Middle East.
Prior to arriving at the occupied Palestinian …