India Pledges Financial, UN Support for Palestinians

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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India has pledged $10 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority and its support for full Palestinian membership to the United Nations.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the moves following a meeting Tuesday in New Delhi with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr. Singh said support for the Palestinians has been a “cornerstone” of India's foreign policy. He also reiterated India's backing of the Palestinian goal to achieve a sovereign state with East Jerusalem as its capital, living side by side at peace with Israel.

Mr. Abbas said the Palestinians remain committed to a two-state solution with Israel, with the borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War.

India has traditionally been one of the Palestinians' strongest diplomatic allies.

A Palestinian bid last year for full U.N. membership failed to win approval in the U.N. Security Council committee that deals with new members.