It is a matter of great happiness for an Indian Prime Minister to come to Ramallah for his first ever visit.
President Abbas, I would like to thank you for the words that you said in my honor and also for the very warm and grand welcome extended to me and my delegation.
Excellency, you have very cordially bestowed me with the highest honor of Palestine. This is a matter of great respect for the entire India and it is also a symbol of Palestine’s friendship and goodwill for India.
Remarkable courage and perseverance has been displayed by the people of Palestine in the face of constant challenges and crises.
You have demonstrated rock like determination to deal with the circumstances and that too at a time when there was an atmosphere of instability and insecurity which hampers progress and which puts in jeopardy the benefits which have been acquired after significant struggle.
India is a very old ally in Palestine’s nation-building efforts. We have cooperation in the areas of training, technology, infrastructure development, project assistance and budgetary support.
As a part of our new initiative, we have started a Technology Park project here in Ramallah which is currently under construction. After its creation, we hope that this institution will work as a center which enhances employment skills and services.
India is also a young country like Palestine. Our aspirations for the Palestinian youth are the same which we have for Indian youths and which offers opportunities for progress, prosperity and self-reliance. They are our future and inheritors of our friendship.
I, on behalf of 1.25 billion Indians, also extend warm greetings for the progress and prosperity of the people of Palestine.