NEW YORK: India on Tuesday welcomed the announcement of legislative, presidential and nationwide council elections in Palestine that might be held later this yr and additionally urged all events to take vital steps to make sure free and fair elections.
During the Open Debate in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on ‘The Situation in the Middle East, together with the Palestinian query’, TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative, lauded the peaceable efforts to “two-State solution, through direct negotiations between the two parties”.
He stated, “India welcomes the announcement of convening legislative, presidential and national council elections later this year in Palestine and urges all parties to take necessary further steps to ensure that these elections are held fulfilling the democratic aspirations of the Palestinian people.”
Welcoming the normalisation of relations between Israel and some members of the League of Arab states, Tirumurti stated that this can present the “necessary momentum for the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine.”
During the Open Debate, he additionally appreciated Egypt for serving to in the method of rapprochement between the Palestinian events, thus, “bringing them to end the internal divide”.
“On the broader regional developments, India welcomes the signing of the Al-Ula Declaration, which has ushered in rapprochement and reconciliation among the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) countries. We acknowledge the key role of a unified GCC in promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region,” he added.
Reiterating India’s stance for a “just and comprehensive solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict”, he stated that India helps “President Mahmoud Abbas’ call to hold an international peace conference with the participation of all relevant parties to achieve the vision of a sovereign and independent Palestine living side by side in peace and security with Israel.”
Speaking on the graduation of talks between Israel and Lebanon, Tirumurti stated that India appears ahead to the formation of the federal government in Lebanon as it can “offer political stability and also tackle the grave socio-economic challenges being faced by the people of Lebanon”.
During the Open Debate, India additionally emphasised on its proposal to produce vaccines to the Middle East area to assist the nations fight the Covid-19 pandemic.