1. H.E. Mr. M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs paid an official visit to Palestine from November 07-09, 2016 in connection with the 1stJoint Commission Meeting (JCM)between India and Palestine. On November 08, 2016, Hon'ble Minister called on H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine and also co-chaired the JCM, with H.E. Dr. Riad Malki, Foreign Minister of Palestine.The JCM explored possible cooperation in a wide range of sectorsthat included Information Technology, Security, Youth Affairs and Sports, Education, Health, Agriculture, Tourism and Culture.
2. During this visit, Hon'ble Minister also met H.E. Mr. SabriSaidam, Minister of Education and Higher Education,H.E. Dr. Sa'ebErakat, Secretary General of PLO, H.E. Dr. NabeelShaath, Head of International Relations Commission of Fateh Party, H.E. Eng. MajidFityani, Governor of Jericho and H.E. Mr. KamilHameed, Governor of Hebron.
3. H.E. President and Hon'bleMinister jointly laid the foundation stone for the Palestine-India Techno Park project in Birzeit University, Ramallah on November 08, 2016.The project worth US $ 12 million would become the single biggest project supported by India in Palestine till date. On November 7thHon'ble Minister addressed an audience of students and faculty at the Istiqlal University in Jericho. On November 9thHon'ble Minister visited Ibrahimi Masjid in Hebron.