Palestinian pres. reiterates commitment to peace talks

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday reaffirmed commitment to peace negotiations aiming at fulfilling Palestinian goals of freedom and independence as per the two-state solution.

Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Abbas said: “We have never been against negotiations, and we are still ready for them. A multiparty mechanism stemming from an international peace conference is the ideal way to sponsor negotiations.” He added that the Palestinian side looks forward to seeing a bigger Indian role in achieving just peace in the Middle East region.

The Palestinian leader lauded his talks with the visiting Indian prime minister as “constructive and fruitful”, especially regarding regional peace talks and bilateral security cooperation.

On his part, the Indian prime minister hoped that security and peace would be achieved in the region in the near future, believing that dialogue is the permanent and fair solution to the Palestinian issue.

He added that his country would support Palestinian educational and health development.

Both sides have signed four agreements valued at USD 35.41 million in the fields of health, education, media and economy.

Coming from Amman, Modi arrived in Ramallah earlier on Saturday.

Source: Kuwait News Agency