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India to invest $50 mn to boost capacity building in Palestine

Press Trust of India  |  Ramallah 

today said it will set up an institute for diplomacy in Palestine and double the number of scholarships to to study in among several measures to help it in capacity building and infrastructure development with an investment of USD 50 million.

and Palestinian in a meeting discussed the full range of India- Palestine ties following which the two sides signed six agreements worth around USD 50 million that includes setting up of a USD 30 million super speciality hospital in Beit Sahur.

Three agreements in the education sector worth USD 5 million, one MoU for procurement of equipment and for the and one for construction of a centre for empowering women were also signed.

"has been an old friend of Palestine in its efforts towards nation building," Modi said in a

"We have cooperation in training, technology, infrastructure development, project assistance and budgetary support," he said.

"As part of our new initiative we have started to work on a new technology park, the development of which is in fast progress. I hope it will function as an institution that parts skills that create employment and also as a service centre," the said.

India has in the past been training Palestinian diplomats but Modi announced that would now also be cooperating in setting up an institute of diplomacy in which he believes "will emerge as a world class centre for training of young diplomats".

Appreciating the determination shown by Palestinian youth in harsh conditions, Modi said the aspirations of young people in both the countries are the same and he wishes them an environment where there are "opportunities for progress, prosperity and self dependence available".

"The Palestinian people have continuously demonstrated a strong will in the face of challenges and crisis. You have demonstrated rock solid determination to deal with adversity and that too despite an environment of instability and insecurity which withholds progress and puts to danger hard earned success," he noted.

Majdi Khaldi, a close aide to Abbas, expressed gratitude at the Indian assistance, saying has continuously supported with such efforts.

He told that India has committed to an investment of about USD 45-50 million in these projects.

Modi also announced to enhance the number of scholarships being provided to in the exchange programme from 50 to 100.

Abbas had accorded a red carpet welcome to Modi, the first Indian to make an official visit to Palestine, in an official ceremony at the presidential compound, also known as Muqata'a, in - the Palestinian seat of government.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 20:30 IST