PM Narendra Modi to visit Jerusalem, says Palestine envoy

PM Narendra Modi to visit Jerusalem, says Palestine envoy

Without elaborating on the dates of Modi's visit, Alhaijaa told Rajya Sabha TV: "I will announce here that PM Narendra Modi will visit Palestine". It may be recalled that in May this year, while hosting visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said "India has been unwavering in its support of the Palestinian cause" and had added that New Delhi hopes to see a "sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel".

India had supported the resolution sponsored by Arab countries which endorsed the Palestinian stand on Jerusalem in April 2016. "It is shaped by our views and interests and not determined by any third country", said Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Guterres has already said that "there is no alternative to the two-state solution: two states living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition - with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine".

Speaking about the USA government's decision, he said he was looking for support from the whole world.

"The two prime ministers discussed the developments pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process", read the joint statement on the occasion of Modi's trip to Israel. "The announcement by Trump has resulted in withdrawal of the USA to be a sponsor of the peace process", he said, adding that the decision is a violation of worldwide resolution.

He says Israel may find itself pressured to allow more Arabs to become Israeli citizens, since 200,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem. The MEA had also organised a seminar espousing India's support to the Palestinian issue on the same day.

The CPI (M) on Thursday accused the United States of legalising the illegal occupation of Palestine's territories by Israel and demanded that the Centre strongly disapprove of the decision.

"The struggle that is really in front of us is a struggle for equality in that area", said Lustick.