Exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar on Saturday held a dialog with Palestinian prime minister Mohmmad Shtayyeh, and reiterated India’s ‘long-standing place’ on the Palestine-Israel concern.
“Spoke to Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh this night. He expressed deep concern on the state of affairs in each Gaza and the West Financial institution. (I) Reiterated India’s long-standing place on Palestine. (We) Agreed to stay in contact,” Jaishankar posted on X (previously Twitter).
On October 19, twelve days after the graduation of the continued conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, prime minister Narendra Modi, in a dialog with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, too, had reiterated New Delhi’s long-standing place on the Palestine-Israel concern.
Earlier, on October 7, the day Hamas carried out assaults contained in the Israeli territory, resulting in retaliatory strikes by the Israel Protection Forces (IDF), prime minister Modi had expressed his ‘deep shock on the information of terrorist assaults in Israel.’
What’s India’s ‘long-standing place’ on Palestine?
“India all the time advocated the resumption of direct negotiations in direction of establishing a sovereign, impartial, and viable state of Palestine, dwelling inside safe and recognised borders, facet by facet at peace with Israel. I feel that place stays the identical,” as per an earlier assertion by the Ministry of exterior affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
India recognised the State of Palestine in 1988, and was among the many first international locations to take action. Whereas it enjoys wonderful ties with Israel – notably beneath PM Modi – there have additionally been common high-level visits between New Delhi and Palestine. In October 2015, then President Pranab Mukherjee grew to become the primary Indian President to go to Palestine, and in February 2018, PM Modi grew to become the primary Indian prime minister to go there.
In January 2016, then exterior affairs minister Sushmas Swaraj additionally went to Palestine. In Could 2017, alternatively, Palestinian President Abbas made his fifth State go to to India; the primary 4 got here in 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2012.