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Al Quds Univ confers hon doctorate on President Mukherjee

Ramallah — Al Quds University conferred an honorary doctorate on President Pranab Mukherjee today at a ceremony held in Ramallah.

President Pranab Mukherjee during the banquet hosted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential palace in Ramallah, Palestine, on 12 October
President Pranab Mukherjee during the banquet hosted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential palace in Ramallah, Palestine, on 12 October

Speaking on the occasion, President Mukherjee said India’s solidarity with the Palestinian people and its principled support to the Palestinian cause was rooted in our own freedom struggle. India has always been at the forefront in promoting the Palestinian cause; India voted against the partition of Palestine at the United Nations General Assembly in 1947, he reminded the audience.

We recognised the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people in 1974; India was the first non-Arab country to recognize the State of Palestine in 1988, the president said.

India spearheaded the campaign for recognition of Palestinian statehood by the in 2012. India supported the successful for flying the Palestinian flag at the Headquarters last month. India had co-sponsored a draft resolution on “the right of Palestinians to self-determination” during the 53rd session of the General Assembly. India then voted in favour of UN General Assembly in October 2003 against construction of the separation wall by Israel and supported subsequent resolutions of the UNGA in this regard. India voted in favour of accepting Palestine as a full member of UNESCO.

The president said the strong foundations and India-Palestine’s shared belief in peace, prosperity and development for the people of Palestine propel India to do more. One of the aims of his visit to Palestine is to suggest a framework for the future of relations between India and Palestine. While India continues to follow its traditional policy on Palestine, it sees that the framework of partnership can be reinforced through three principal pillars -closer political interaction; deeper economic engagement and academic collaboration and wider cultural contacts and people-to-people exchanges.

On the occasion, the president announced the setting up of an India-Chair in al Quds University. He said India has always been happy to partner Palestine in promoting education. Over the years, around 12,000 Palestinian students have graduated from Indian Universities, many of them on scholarships offered by the Government of India. Today, these students serve as a bridge between our two countries.

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