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Palestinian Prez Mahmoud Abbas congratulates Modi over election victory

Palestinian Prez Mahmoud Abbas congratulates Modi over election victory

Ramallah:  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his party's victory in the parliamentary elections, conveying his "sincere felicitations" and "wishing success".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a super-sized victory for a second term in office, winning an absolute majority and on course to touch the 300-seat mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

In a message addressed to Modi, President Abbas "wished him success in his mission of serving his country and people".

Abbas also expressed appreciation for "India's unwavering support to our people and legitimate rights in self-determination and establishing the independent state of Palestine" in his congratulatory message.

Modi had visited Ramallah, the headquarters of the Palestinian National Authority, in February 2018 and announced several projects for the Palestinians with India's assistance.

The two sides signed six agreements worth around USD50 million, including setting up of a USD30 million super speciality hospital in Beit Sahur.

Abbas had during Modi's visit sought India's role in achieving a "just and desired peace" with Israel in accordance with the two-state solution.

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