New Delhi: Nabil Shaath, the special envoy of Palestine National Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, sought India’s support for a proposed vote seeking the recognition of Palestinian statehood. Shaath, who is on a two day visit to India, met foreign minister S.M. Krishna and also met minister of state for foreign affairs, E. Ahamed.
The envoy “sought India’s support for the Palestinian cause especially during the forthcoming UN session” during which the vote is expected to take place. Krishna reiterated India’s ”strong and unwavering support to the Palestinian cause,” a foreign ministry statement said.
India was the first non-Arab state to recognize the state of Palestine in 1988.
India has also built up strong economic and military ties with Israel after it established diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in 1992.