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The old and strong historical relations between India and Palestine have stood the test of time: PM Modi
Remarkable courage and perseverance has been displayed by the people of Palestine in the face of constant challenges and crises: PM
India is a very old ally in Palestine's nation-building efforts, says the Prime Minister
India hopes that Palestine soon becomes a sovereign and independent country in a peaceful atmosphere: PM

 

Your Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas

Members of the Palestinian and Indian delegations,

Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Sabah-al-kher (Good Morning)

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.

The old and strong historical relations between India and Palestine have stood the test of time. Our incessant and steadfast support to the Palestinian cause has always been on top of our foreign policy.

Therefore I am happy to stand here in Ramallah with President Mahmoud Abbas who is a very old friend of India. I was privileged to welcome him during his New Delhi visit last May. I am happy to renew our friendship and India’s support.

During this visit I got the opportunity to pay my tributes at the tomb of Abu Omar. He was among the top leaders of his time. His role in Palestinian struggle is unprecedented. Abu Omar was also a distinguished friend of India. Visiting the museum dedicated to him has also been an unforgettable experience for me. Once again I offer my heartfelt tributes to Abu Omar.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

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.

The difficulties and challenges against which you have moved ahead is really commendable. We appreciate your spirit and your faith in your efforts for a better tomorrow.

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 collaborating to set up an Institute of Diplomacy in Ramallah. We believe that this institute will emerge as a world-class training institute for the young diplomats of Palestine.

Our capacity building cooperation involves mutual training for long and short-term courses. Training and scholarship slots for Palestine in leading Indian educational institutions of different sectors such as finance, management, rural development and information technology were recently extended.

I am happy that during this visit we are extending our development cooperation. India will continue to invest in Palestine in the projects of health, educational infrastructure and women empowerment center and also in a printing press.

We consider this contribution as building blocks for the creation of an energetic Palestine State.

At the bilateral level, we have agreed to make our relations deeper through the Ministerial level Joint Commission Meeting.

Last year, for the first time, there was an exchange between the youth delegations of India and Palestine. Investing in our youth and cooperating in their skill development and relationships is a shared priority.

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 am happy to announce that we will increase the exchange of young persons from 50 to 100 from this year.

Ladies & Gentlemen,

In our discussion today, I once again assured President Abbas that India is committed to take care of the interests of the Palestinian people.

India hopes that Palestine soon becomes a sovereign and independent country in a peaceful atmosphere.

President Abbas and I had discussions on recent regional and global developments related to the peace and security of Palestine and its peace process.

India greatly hopes for peace and stability in this region.

We believe that permanent solution to the issue of Palestine is ultimately contained in negotiations and understanding through which a path to a peaceful coexistence can be obtained.

Intense diplomacy and judiciousness alone can help to achieve freedom from this cycle of violence and from the burden of the history.

We know it is not easy. But we must constantly keep on trying because there is so much at stake.

Your Excellency, I express my heartfelt gratitude for your wonderful hospitality.

I, on behalf of 1.25 billion Indians, also extend warm greetings for the progress and prosperity of the people of Palestine.

Thank you.

Shukaran Zajeelan!

 

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In a significant boost to development of infrastructure, connectivity, energy security and health care services in Bihar, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled projects worth Rs.33,000 crores in Barauni today. Governor of Bihar, Laljee Tandon, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi Union Minister of Food and Consumer Affairs Ramvilas Paswan along with several other dignitaries were present on this occasion. PM addressed a public gathering after launching the projects.

Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Patna Metro Rail Project at an estimated cost of Rs. 13,365 crores digitally by press of a button. It will have two corridors -- Danapur to Mithapur and Patna Railway Station to New ISBT and is likely to be completed in five years. The project will ease the public transport in Patna and adjoining areas.

PM inaugurated the Phulpur to Patna stretch of the Jagdishpur-Varanasi Natural Gas pipeline on this occasion. Citing it as yet another example of his vision that projects for which foundation stone is laid by him are kickstarted by him, PM reminded that he had initiated the project in July 2015. PM said, “It will ensure the supply of gas to the local industries and to the revived Barauni Fertilizer factory besides the start of piped gas supply in Patna. A gas based ecosystem will create employment opportunities for the youth in the area.”

In a reflection of his priorities for the region, PM said, “ Government is committed for the overall development of Eastern India and Bihar.” Under Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana, Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Patna, Ranchi and Jamshedpur are being connected through gas pipeline. PM inaugurated Patna the Patna City Gas Distribution project which will provide piped gas supply in Ptana city and adjoining areas..

These projects will enhance connectivity, especially in the city of Patna and nearby areas and augment the availability of energy in the city, and the region.

Expressing his commitment to uplift the poor, PM said, “ NDA government’s vision of development is on two lines, infrastructure development and upliftment of the marginalized sections of society who have been struggling to avail basic amenities for over 70 years.”

Unveiling the expansion of health care system in Bihar, he said, “ It is a historic day for Bihar in terms of health care infrastructure development. New Medical Colleges will now be coming up in Chapra and Purnia while Medical colleges in Gaya and Bhagalpur are being upgraded. He added that AIIMS has come up in Patna while work is on to set up another AIIM in the state to meet the healthcare needs of the people.”

PM inaugurated the first phase of River Front Development at Patna . He also laid the foundation Stone for the Karmalichak Sewerage Network spanning 96.54 kilometres. Works related to Sewage Treatment Plants at Barh, Sultanganj and Naugachia were kicked off by PM. He also laid the Foundation Stone for 22 AMRUT projects at various locations.

Referring to the pain, anger and grief in the country after the terror attack in Pulwama, PM said, “I feel the same fire in my heart that’s burning inside you” PM paid tributes to martyr Constable Sanjay Kumar Sinha from Patna and Ratan Kumar Thakur from Bhagalpur who laid down their lives for the country and said the entire nation stands with the family of martyrs in this hour of grief.

Foundation Stone of the 9 MMT AVU of the Barauni Refinery Expansion Project was laid by PM. He also laid the foundation Stone for the augmentation of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG pipeline from Durgapur to Muzaffarpur and Patna. PM also laid the foundation Stone for the ATF Hydrotreating Unit (INDJET) at Barauni Refinery.These projects will significantly augment the availability of energy in the city, and the region.

Ammonia-Urea Fertilizer Complex at Barauni foundation stone was laid by PM during this visit..It will boost fertilizer production.

PM also inaugurated the electrification of Railway Lines on the following sectors: Barauni-Kumedpur, Muzaffarpur-Raxaul, Fatuha-Islampur,· Biharsharif-Daniawan. Ranchi-Patna AC Weekly Express train was inaugurated on this occasion.

Next destination of PM after Barauni is in Jharkhand where he will visit Hazaribagh and Ranchi. He will lay the foundation stone for hospitals in Hazaribagh, Dumka and Palamau and inaugurate a series of development projects.