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New Delhi, Dec 7: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said India’s position on Palestine is not determined by any third party. The MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar released a statement after US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the move that can derail the peace process on the territorial conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
“India’s position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country,” Raveesh Kumar said. US President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the face of international criticism.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday called for shifting of India’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Taking to Twitter, the BJP MP said, “Israel has international recognition of a part of Jerusalem as its territory, hence India should shift its embassy to this part of the city.”
While Israel thanked Trump for his “courageous decision”, Muslim countries around the world and other nations took strong objections on the move. Jerusalem is home to holy sites sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians. The status of Jerusalem, revered by Muslims as the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site by Jews, lies at the core of the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has called an emergency session on Friday to discuss the decision by Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said he was “against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.”
Even the US allies like Britain, France, Germany and Italy have called Trump’s decision a mistake. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she and the German government didn’t support the United States’ position because “the status of Jerusalem is to be resolved in the framework of a two-state solution.” Pope Francis said that he could not remain silent on the issue and he wished that status quo of the city must be respected, “in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.”