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Ramallah-India hopes Palestine soon becomes a free country, and does so in a peaceful manner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday in Ramallah, while making a joint statement with the sovereign state's president, Mahmoud Abbas.

President Abbas also conferred the "Grand Collar of the State of Palestine" on Modi, recognising his key contribution to promote ties between India and Palestine.

Abbas, who was speaking during a joint press conference with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, said the Palestinians seek a two-state solution "based on the 1967 borders and global resolution (pertaining to the Israeli Arab conflict)".

India was one of the 120 UN member states that voted in favor of Palestine in the UN General Assembly resolution calling on the U.S.to retract its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last December.

"India and Jordan enjoy friendly ties since diplomatic relations were established in 1950", MEA's official Twitter handle said.

"I have assured President Abbas that India is committed to the Palestinian people's interests", he said.

Modi said India hoped for peace and stability in Palestine, and that only dialogue could make a permanent solution possible.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural day of the World Government Summit in Dubai today. The two countries signed 9 memorandums of understanding, including those on film cooperation, homoeopathy, cyber co-operation, and science and technology.

Earlier Saturday, he visited Palestine in what was the first ever prime ministerial visit from India there.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in the UAE on Saturday evening.

Abbas said, "We have never rejected negotiations; we have been and are still ready for negotiations", adding that forming a multilateral worldwide mechanism of many countries is the best way to sponsor negotiations. The agreement includes building a specialty hospital, three schools and the construction of a center for empowering women. India has made a decision to de-hyphenate its policies to Israel and Palestine.

India's refusal to back United States moves to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital disappointed Tel Aviv but was consistent with its support for the Palestinians. The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as their future capital.

India's refusal to support the USA moves to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital disappointed Israel. "We rely on India's role as an worldwide voice of great standing and weigh through its historical role in the Non-Aligned Movement and in all global forum and its increasingly growing power on the strategic and economic levels, in a way that is conducive to just and desired peace in our region", Abbas said. "India and Palestine's historic relations have stood the test of time".

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