India hopes for sovereign, independent, united Palestine: Modi

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In his remarks, Modi said he and Abbas had agreed that "the challenges in West Asia must be addressed through sustained political dialogue and peaceful means".

"In light of this, we hereby extend a request to meet with you in order to share with you our views and stories". They also carried a large Palestinian flag and a black flag bearing the slogan "We shall return".

Israel published a list of 19 demands reportedly made by Palestinian hunger strike leader Marwan Barghouti on Monday, including access to 20 TV channels and air conditioning.

On his part, Abbas expressed his appreciation for India's continued support and solidarity for the Palestinian cause on global forums. He will be the first Indian prime minister to visit the country.

The two sides signed agreements for visa exemption for diplomatic passport holders, in the fields of agriculture cooperation, IT and electronics, health sector and cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports. During the visit, President Abbas will visit C-DAC in Noida on May 15 to forge cooperation between Palestine- India Techno Park.

The symbolic act is in support of the 1,100 Palestinian political prisoners who are on their 29th consecutive day of a hunger strike that began on April 17, in protest against detention without trial, solitary confinement, abuse by prison officials, denial of access to lawyers and families, and inadequate medical care.

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Mr. Abbas went on to thank India for contributing to capacity-building in the field of information technology in Palestinian territories.

In order to be an effective, credible broker, President Trump will have to push both sides - Israelis and Palestinians - to take actions that build trust and that don't slam the door on a future peace deal. He will also visit India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi. He given a ceremonial Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which was followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial at Raj Ghat.

"A fishing boat from Gaza strayed beyond the designated fishing zone, naval vessels called on it to halt and fired warning shots into the air and when it did not, they fired toward it", the Israeli spokeswoman said.

Delegation-level discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be held the same day.

"Deepening historically close & friendly ties".

He said he updated Modi on his meeting with US President Donald Trump regarding the Middle East peace process and his talks with his German and Russian counterparts Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vladimir Putin, respectively, on the issue.

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