RAMALLAH: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged $40 million in aid to Palestine.
Modi’s announcement came during the first-ever visit by an Indian head of state to the West Bank.
“We discussed regional and global developments that have a role in peace in the world and in the region,” Bloomberg reported the prime minister as saying, as he stood alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
After holding talks with President Abbas, Modi said India hoped to see an “independent Palestinian state living in an environment of peace”.
In a Twitter post on Friday, Modi noted looking forward to “reaffirming our support for the Palestinian people and the development of Palestine”.
Last summer, Modi visited Israel but did not stop over in the West Bank. New Delhi has since pursued efforts to “de-hyphenate” its relations with Israel and the Palestinians.