India contributes 1 million dollars to UNRWA for Palestine Refugees

India has contributed one million dollars to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees in Near East region. This will support the UNRWA’s  programmes and services including the education, health care, relief and social services. India’s support to the Palestine is an integral part of the India’s foreign policy.

India-Palestine Relation

Background

Indo-Palestinian relations is largely based on the independence struggle against British rule. India had recognised the Palestine’s statehood for the first time on 18 November 1988. However, the relations between both the countries formally established in 1974. After the full diplomatic relation was established in March 1980, India and Israel have increased cooperation in military and intelligence ventures. In the line, Narendra Modi became the first Prime Minister of India to visit Palestine in 2018.

India’s support to Palestine

  • India supported Palestinian self-determination in the aftermath of the partition of British India after India got Independence.
  • India have also provided $10 million relief to Palestine’s annual budget once.
  • US$300,000 was provided for the construction of two addition floor in the Al-Azhar University and human resource development programme.
  • India had also offered 51 specialised security training slots to Palestinians during 1997-98 with an estimated expenditure of ₹ 55 lakhs.
  • India offers 8 scholarships under ICCR Schemes to Palestinian students for higher studies in India and several slots for training courses under the ITEC Programme.
  • In 1998-99,  50 training slots were provided to Palestinian personnel for specialised training courses where 58 Palestinian officers completed their training.

Palestinian refugees

The first ever refugee group arrived to India from Iraq in March 2006. They were provided free access to governmental hospitals. Out of 165 Palestinian refugees from Iraq 137 found clearance to resettle in Sweden.