Indian reaffirms support to Palestinian cause

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New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) India today hoped that a negotiated ettlement would soon be reached for a viable independent State of Palestine within separate and recognised borders living side by side peacefully with all its neighbours including Israel.

Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed, who is currently on a tour of Palestine and Jordan, met the Chief of Staff of the Palestinian President, the President's Senior Political Advisor and the Deputy Foreign Minister and discussed India-Palestine relations and exchanged views on the progress in the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP).

The Palestinian side highly appreciated India's ''unwavering support'' to the Palestinian cause and its consistent stand on the Palestinian issue, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman said here.

''The Minister of State expressed hope that a negotiated settlement would soon be reached to achieve the aspirations of Palestinians to have their own viable independent Palestinian State within separate and recognised borders, living side by side in peace with all its neighbours, including Israel,'' the spokesman said.

The International Conference on Palestine, expected to be held in November, also came up during the discussion.

During his visit to Jordan, the Minister called on Jordanian King Abdullah-II Bin Al-Hussain in Amman yesterday and reiterated India's desire to strengthen relations with Jordan in all areas, particularly trade and economic exchanges.

Investment in the area of joint production of fertilisers and cooperation in other commercial areas figured prominently during the discussions.

Mr Ahamed handed over a letter to the King from President Pratibha Patil.

The two leaders discussed various issues of bilateral, regional and international importance.

The King described his visit to India in December last year as ''exceptionally successful,'' the spokesman added.

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