At the 75th UNGA Tirumurti says “India has been steadfast in its support for the just Palestinian cause and in our solidarity with Palestinian people, which extends beyond political support,”
On Wednesday India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations T.S. Tirumurti said India has always been steady in supporting the “just Palestinian cause,” and added that the Palestinian people should not be forgotten. Speaking at the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Tirumurti said, “Over the years, India has invested in strengthening human resource capacities of the Palestinian people through scholarships for Palestinian students pursuing higher education and training of Palestinian professionals in prestigious Indian institutes. Around 250 Palestinians benefit every year from such opportunities.” He added, “India has been steadfast in its support for the just Palestinian cause and in our solidarity with Palestinian people, which extends beyond political support,”
Talking about nation-building, he said, “India’s efforts are also focused on Palestinian nation-building and strengthening institutions through the India-Palestine development partnership covering various sectors of the Palestinian economy. This includes the construction of schools, hospitals, technology parks, centres for excellence etc. We see it as an essential investment to help establish a viable and sovereign Palestinian State.”
Reflecting on India’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Tirumurti said, “India remains fully supportive of a peaceful negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict achieved through direct negotiations, resulting in the establishment of a Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel.”
Talking about India’s humanitarian aid to Palestine, Ambassador Tirumurti said, “…India had quadrupled its support to United Nations Relief and Works Agency in recent years. We have also made a multi-year pledge of 10 million dollars over the coming two years to contribute to more stable and predictable funding for UNRWA.”
India has been steadfast in its support for the just Palestinian cause & in our solidarity with Palestinian people, which extends beyond political support: TS Tirumurti, Permanent Rep of India to UN at 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on ‘Question of Palestine’ pic.twitter.com/xFwLM0oI1r
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India’s support for the Palestinian cause is an integral part of the nation’s foreign policy. India was the first Non-Arab State to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the only legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
India was among the first countries to recognize the State of Palestine in 1988. India opened its Representative Office to the State of Palestine in Gaza in 1996, which was later shifted to Ramallah in 2003.
India has always played an vital role in supporting the Palestinian cause across various platforms. India co-sponsored the draft resolution and also voted for “the right of Palestinians to self-determination” at the 53rd session of the UNGA. India also voted against the construction of the separation wall by Israel in October 2003.
India voted for accepting Palestine as a full member of UNESCO. When Palestine became a ‘non-member state’ in 2012 at the UNGA, India had co-sponsored the resolution and voted in favour of it. India supported the Bandung Declaration on Palestine at the Asian African Commemorative Conference in April 2015 and also supported installation of the Palestinian flag at UN premises in September 2015.
Source- ANI: Edited by Shrija Pillai