Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (R) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a joint press conference after their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on February 10, 2018.
Despite the growing friendship between India and Israel, history was in the making as Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine.
Abbas, who was speaking during a joint press conference with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, said the Palestinians seek a two-state solution "based on the 1967 borders and worldwide resolution (pertaining to the Israeli Arab conflict)".
The UAE granted the temple project after India conveyed the demand of its nationals for a place of worship during Modi's 2015 visit to the country.
Since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December, Abbas has been seeking global support for countries from Europe and the Middle East to be included as mediators between Palestine and Israel - efforts that the U.S. has led.
"I have once again assured President Abbas that India is bound by a promise to take care of the Palestinian people's interests", Modi said following a meeting with the Palestinian leader.
India's support for Palestine is "unbroken and unwavering".
Modi's path-breaking visit was marked by a helicopter provided by the Jordanian government flying him to Ramallah with two Israeli choppers as escorts, perhaps also a first, with the ministry of external affairs posting a brief video of the flight on social media. Trump's pivot upset Palestinians who seek the city's Israeli-annexed eastern sector as a capital.
The Indian were traditionally very close to the Palestinians but in recent years have developed very close ties to Israel as seen in the visit of Modi to Israel last year and Netanyahu's visit to India in January. The two sides signed agreements worth United States dollars 50 million.
He is the first Indian prime minister to visit both Israel and Palestine. Abbas said the formation of a multi-lateral mechanism that is produced by an global peace convention is the most ideal way to broker negotiations with Israel, which is India's strategic partner and among its top arms suppliers.
A second MoU was signed for construction of the India-Palestine centre for empowering women called "Turathi" at a cost of $5 million. This time Modi skipped Israel in a clear message that India is de-hyphenating its ties with Israel and Palestine.
"Here we count on India, with its status as a great power, its historical role in the non-aligned movement and in worldwide forums.to achieve a just peace", Abbas said.