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Palestine dismayed by Modi's snub during Israel visit

The Palestinian Authority expressed concern over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision not to meet President Mahmoud Abbas during his trip to Israel.

Modi was welcomed by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a 3 day visit to Israel.

Speaking to Aljazeera, Palestinian Deputy Foreign Minister Tasir Jaradat, said,

“We expected him [Modi] to visit both Israel and Palestine. To play an important role between two sides and to be able to spread the message of peace one should visit both.”

India was formerly a leading member of the Non-Aligned Movement of developing countries that sided with Palestinians in their conflict with Israel. Before 1992, India would not allow its citizens to enter Israel on an Indian passport, reports Aljazeera.