Ramallah:India's improved relations with Israel could actually benefit Palestine, experts said here, underlining that the Palestinian leadership saw an opportunity in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in reviving the peace process with Israel.
Three agreements in the education sector worth United States dollars 5 million, one MoU for procurement of equipment and machinery for the National Printing Press and one for construction of a centre for empowering women were also signed.
Before taking off from New Delhi, Modi said he was "looking forward to my discussions with President Abbas and reaffirming our support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine".
"Well even Jordan and Egypt have full diplomatic relations with Israel so why can't India have", said Ayman, a university student.
"The Palestinian people have continuously demonstrated a strong will in the face of challenges and crisis".
In a first-ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Palestine, PM Modi arrives in Ramallah to a rousing welcome.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his four-day visit to Palestine, the UAE, and Oman on Friday. He also expressed honest thanks to Jordan for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit.
India has been continuously supporting the Palestinian cause at various global foram.
Since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December, Abbas has been seeking worldwide support for countries from Europe and the Middle East to be included as mediators between Palestine and Israel - efforts that the U.S. has led.
"This is an honour for India and a symbol of Palestine's friendship", Modi said.
The unilateral U.S. decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was challenged at the UN General Assembly where 128 nations, including India, voted to turn down the move as "null and void".
PM Modi is likely to announce the set-up of a super-speciality hospital in Palestine's Ramallah on Saturday.
Palestinian leader, while visiting New Delhi in May 2017, expressed desire that India play important role in influencing Israelis and other stake holders for peaceful resolution of the crisis. Palestinians were outraged by the move because they have long sought East Jerusalem, which is occupied by Israel, as their capital. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that Prime Minister Modi expressed honest thanks for logistical support extended for smooth facilitation for his Palestine visit. From there Modi went to the adjacent Presidential Palace where a ceremonial guard of honour awaited him. On Sunday, Modi will meet members of the Indian community here during the course of which he will lay the foundation stone of the first Indian temple in Abu Dhabi via video linking.