Ramallah: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday met her Palestinian counterpart Riyad Maliki as she began her visit to Palestine and Israel.
 
Sushma Swaraj, who landed in Tel Aviv late on Saturday, reached Ramallah, the administrative capital of the Palestinian National Authority, on Sunday morning.
 
She is scheduled to meet Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas. “A Partnership with Palestine begins,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted. From Palestine, the Indian minister will proceed to Israel later on Sunday to meet top Israeli leaders.  
 
This is her first visit to Israel as external affairs minister after the State visit of President Mukherjee to Tel Aviv in October. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday left for Palestine and Israel to review bilateral relations. 
 
Sushma Swaraj was accompanied by Secretary (East) and other officials of the external affairs ministry. This visit comes after the State visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Palestine in October last year.