Narendra Modi heads to Palestinian territories to balance warming ties with Israel
NEW DELHI: After a public embrace of Israel as a strategic companion, Prime Minister Narendra is heading to the Palestinian territories and the Gulf on Friday to bolster long-standing political and financial ties.
India was one of many earliest champions of the Palestinian trigger however lately turned to Israel for high-tech navy tools and anti-terrorism cooperation.
Underneath Modi, whose nationalist get together sees Israel as a pure ally towards Islamist extremism, ties have flourished. Modi made the primary journey to Israel by an Indian prime minister final yr adopted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s go to to India final month.
However Indian officers stated India continued to assist the Palestinian trigger and that Modi`s go to is aimed toward serving to construct up the Palestinians` capability within the well being, info expertise and training areas.
“We’ve de-hyphenated our relationships with Palestine and Israel and now we see them each as mutually unbiased and unique and as a part of this coverage the prime minister is enterprise this go to,” B. Bala Bhaskar, a joint secretary within the Indian international ministry, stated.
The 2 sides are constructing a India-Palestinian expertise park in Ramallah, the Palestinians’ seat of presidency, which can develop IT experience and generate employment.
Modi is because of arrive in Jordan in a while Friday and journey to Ramallah, within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution, on Saturday.
Throughout his go to to Israel final yr, he didn’t journey to the Palestinian headquarters as is normally the case with visiting leaders.
“Trying ahead to my discussions with President Mahmoud Abbas and reaffirming our assist for the Palestinian folks and the event of Palestine,” Modi stated in a Twitter submit.
India was amongst greater than 120 international locations to vote in favour of a decision in December calling for america to drop its current recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
However the scale of India`s safety and business ties with Israel dwarfs the engagement with the Palestinians. Israel is amongst India`s prime three arms suppliers, doing enterprise price hundreds of thousands of every year.
Modi and Netanyahu at the moment are pushing for cooperation in agriculture, power and cybersecurity along with defence.
Modi will even journey to the United Arab Emirates, from the place India will get half of its oil, and to Oman, with which India`s navy has constructed shut safety ties.
The Gulf is dwelling to 9 million Indians who remit $35 billion dwelling every year, sustaining hundreds of thousands of households.
The UAE dedicated an funding of $75 billion in India when Modi visited in 2015 and the 2 sides shall be seeking to advance that objective, the international ministry stated.