Modi Supports Independent Palestinian State

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed support for an independent Palestinian state and hopes for a restoration of peace in the region while visiting Ramallah.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas calls on India to support multinational efforts to help negotiations Israeli-Palestinian peace in the future.

Modi's three-hour visit, Saturday (10/2), to Ramallah was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister. The visit was seen as an attempt by India to balance its growing relationship with Israel.

Abbas said the Palestinians are ready to hold dialogue with Israel, and expect India's support in encouraging further peace talks. "The establishment of a multilateral mechanism through international peace conventions is the best way to mediate such negotiations," he said.

After US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel late last year, Abbas sought international support for a number of European and The Middle East could be involved as a mediator between Palestine and Israe. But so far no country has made any commitments.

After holding talks with Abbas, Modi said he has given the Palestinian leader a guarantee that "India is bound by a promise to take care of the interests of the Palestinian people, and India hopes Palestine can become a free country with ways of peace. " [ii]

PM India Modi Acknowledge Globalization Losing Momentum

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday acknowledged globalization "lost its luster" but warned the new trade wall was not the answer. Modi's speech opened a one-week meeting in Davos which will be topped by the protectionist US President Donald Trump's speech.

After a snowstorm hampered the arrival of several delegates to the Swiss ski resort, the World Economic Forum began seriously thinking about strong global growth but realizes that the world's poor are increasingly falling into poverty.

In his speech Modi said India should be an example while the country is open to foreign investment. He quoted verses from Hindu scriptures and called for anti-protection in Davos last year by Chinese President Xi Jinping while Trump won office in 2016. Trump won the 2016 election with a populist work program condemning the elite Davos. [19659002] While some delegates were relieved that the trade war with China so far had not erupted, Trump's victory became a new reminder that his rhetoric had succeeded.

Prior to a speech in Davos on Friday, Trump approved a high tax on imports of solar panels and washing machine to protect American producers, protests in China and South Korea. [ka/al]