External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said the entire Indian leadership remained steadfast in its commitment to the Palestinian cause. Ms Swaraj, who is on her first two days visit to West Asia said, India's empathy with the Palestinian cause and friendship with its people is undiluted. While inaugurating the India-Palestine Digital learning and Innovation centre at Al Quds University Yesterday in Ramallah she said, the Indian government is working for closer political interaction, deeper economic and academic engagement with Palestine. She also outlined three core tenets of India’s approach to Palestine which are solidarity with

Palestinian people, support to the Palestinian cause and support to nation-building and capacity-building efforts.

Ms. Swaraj also held talks with her Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Maliki and later in the day she called on President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The Minister also laid a wreath at the mausoleum of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. After her engagements in Palestine, Ms Swaraj proceeded to Israel where she will meet the top Israeli leadership.

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