India’s envoy to UNSC describes Israel-Gaza conflict as ‘a matter of grave concern’

New Delhi: India has called the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza “a matter of grave concern” and said “violence has not completely subsided despite hectic diplomatic talks, development initiatives”. Conflict broke out between Israel and the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Since then, concerns are increasing amid increasing violence.

Speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Gaza, India’s new Ambassador to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj said, “The latest cycle has once again caused immense suffering and the loss of valuable civilian lives, including children. , and left many injured and traumatised. We express our deepest condolences to all the affected and their families.”

This is the first public comment by India after the break-up of hostilities between the two sides. In May last year, the conflict came almost a year after the 11-day conflict. This time violence erupted after Israel arrested the commander of the PIJ, which was followed by attacks by the group. In retaliation, Israel launched its own attacks.

Ambassador Ruchira appreciated Egypt’s role in working out a ceasefire between the two sides. It said, “We support the diplomatic efforts of the United Nations and members of the international community, countries in the region, especially Egypt, that have led to the ceasefire, in order to further de-escalate the situation and achieve lasting peace.” can be tried.” “We urge all parties to de-escalate the situation to ensure that it does not spiral out of control,” he added.

India enjoys good relations with Israel, which continues to grow, and has been an important development partner of Palestine. This year India and Israel are celebrating 30 years of the establishment of formal relationship and are part of groups like I2U2. As far as Palestine is concerned, New Delhi has provided funding for various projects in the past. The Government of India supported the construction of the Jawaharlal Nehru Library at Al Azhar University in Gaza City and the Mahatma Gandhi Library-cum-Student Activity Center at the Palestine Technical College in Deir Al Balah in the Gaza Strip.

The Indian envoy to the United Nations recalled New Delhi’s long-standing policy on the issue. “Long-term peace in Israel and Palestine can only be achieved through a two-state solution, leading to the establishment of a sovereign, independent and viable State of Palestine living peacefully, within secure and recognized borders. With Israel, taking into account the legitimate security needs of Israel.

They called for “the resumption of direct peace talks between the parties, which we believe is the best path towards achieving the goal of a two-state solution” and “to the United Nations and the international community for the revival of these.” should be given priority. Negotiation.”