President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas will be on a State Visit to India on September 11. On his fourth visit to India, he will meet the President Pranab Mukherjee and hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Vice President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna will call on him, according to a Foreign Office news release.
Along with close ties with Israel especially in the security sphere, India has been consistent in its support for the Palestinian cause and backed the Arab Peace Plan, which calls for withdrawal of Israel to pre-1967 borders, along with recognition of Israel and the establishment of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital. It has also called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and welcomed prospects of ‘direct talks’ between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
The Foreign Office expects the visit to provide an opportunity for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral relations and the Middle East Peace Process.