January 2016, International
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the entire Indian leadership remains steadfastly committed to the Palestinian cause as Palestine sought India’s participation in the West Asia peace process to help defuse crisis in the region.
Swaraj, who is on her first visit to West Asia as the External Affairs Minister, held talks with the top leadership here and reaffirmed India’s consistent support for the Palestinian cause, emphasising that there has been “absolutely no change in its policy in this regard”.
Soon after crossing over from Israel from the Bituniya Checkpoint, Swaraj held talks with her counterpart Riyad al-Maliki. She also later called on President Mahmoud Abbas.
While inaugurating the India-Palestine Digital learning and Innovation centre at the Al Quds University here, Swaraj outlined three core tenets of India’s approach to Palestine — solidarity with Palestinian people, support to the Palestinian cause and support to Palestine’s nation building and capacity building efforts. Palestinian side also offered to step up cooperation with India in counter- terrorism.