No change in our pol­icy on Pales­tine, says In­dia

‘It is shaped by our views and in­ter­ests and not de­ter­mined by any third coun­try’

The Hindu - - NEWS - Kal­lol Bhat­tacher­jee

A day af­ter U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump recog­nised Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael, In­dia main­tained a cau­tious stance say­ing its pol­icy on Pales­tine is in­de­pen­dent and not de­ter­mined by any “third coun­try”. In­dia’s re­sponse to Mr. Trump’s state­ment came even as the Pales­tinian Am­bas­sador to In­dia de­clared that his coun­try is likely to host Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in the near fu­ture.

“In­dia’s po­si­tion on Pales­tine is in­de­pen­dent and con­sis­tent. It is shaped by our views and in­ter­ests and not de­ter­mined by any third coun­try,” said the of­fi­cial spokesper­son in a state­ment to the me­dia here.

In­dia has tra­di­tion­ally sup­ported an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tine as part of a twostate so­lu­tion. The state­ment how­ever did not specif­i­cally ad­dress the is­sue of Jerusalem as the U.S.-recog­nised cap­i­tal of Is­rael.

Mr. Trump’s state­ment

came a week af­ter In­dia ex­pressed sup­port for an “in­de­pen­dent and vi­able Pales­tine” and par­tic­i­pated in the In­ter­na­tional Day of Sol­i­dar­ity with the Pales­tinian peo­ple.

In a mes­sage on that oc­ca­sion, Mr. Modi had said, “We hope for early re­al­i­sa­tion of a sov­er­eign, in­de­pen­dent,



In­dia’s re­cent of­fi­cial com­ments have mostly avoided a men­tion of Jerusalem.

How­ever, Mr. Modi, ahead of his July visit to Is­rael, had in­di­cated that In­dia would de­cide on Is­raeli claims on the holy city af­ter and vi­able the two sides come to a con­sen­sus.

“In­dia sup­ports all ef­forts to find an ac­cept­able so­lu­tion to all the pend­ing is­sues in­clud­ing Jerusalem. I as­sume the ques­tion refers to our em­bassy in Tel Aviv. We will take a de­ci­sion on that af­ter both sides have come to an agree­ment on Jerusalem,” Mr. Modi had told Is­rael­hayom, an on­line pub­li­ca­tion in an in­ter­view. He how­ever did not an­swer if In­dia would shift its em­bassy to Jerusalem in fu­ture.

En­voy ‘sat­is­fied’

Pales­tinian en­voy to In­dia Ad­nan Abu Al­haija in­di­cated to that he was sat­is­fied with In­dia’s re­sponse to Mr. Trump’s an­nounce­ment. “In­dia has re­it­er­ated its sup­port to the pre-1967 war bor­der of Pales­tine which ob­vi­ously in­cludes the East Jerusalem and its holy places of wor­ship and God will­ing, we will soon be wel­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to Pales­tine,” the en­voy said.

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