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UNITED NATIONS: India on Tuesday stated that normalisation of relations between Israel and a few Arab states is a vital growth that has the potential to advertise regional cooperation for peace and safety and might present the mandatory momentum for resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti made the feedback on the Security Council open debate on ‘The Situation within the Middle East, together with the Palestinian query.’
“The normalisation of relations between Israel and a few member states of the League of Arab states can be an vital growth, which has the potential to advertise regional cooperation for peace, safety and prosperity. Further, this may present the mandatory momentum for resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine,” he stated.
Former US President Donald Trump had in September final yr hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and overseas ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain for the signing of the historic Abraham Accord, the primary Arab-Israeli peace deal in 26 years.
Until then, the one Arab nations to recognise Israel had been Jordan and Egypt.
In October final yr, Israel and Sudan agreed to take steps to normalise relations in a diplomatic coup introduced by Trump days earlier than the 2020 US elections.
In December, Morocco agreed to renew diplomatic relations with Israel beneath a deal brokered by the US.
Tirumurti stated India has at all times referred to as for a simply and complete resolution to the Israel-Palestine battle, and has welcomed all peaceable efforts to realize the two-State resolution, via direct negotiations between the 2 events.
In this context, India reiterated its help for Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas’ name to carry a world peace convention with the participation of all related events to realize the imaginative and prescient of a sovereign and impartial Palestine residing aspect by aspect in peace and safety with Israel.
He emphasised that India has dedicated itself and contributed to the efforts in the direction of bringing lasting peace and stability within the area via deployment of Indian personnel as a part of UN peacekeeping forces, together with in United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, via substantial and well timed humanitarian help, and thru growth cooperation and capability constructing.
“India proposes to supply vaccines to the region to help the countries fight the Covid-19 pandemic,” he stated.
On the broader regional developments, India welcomed the signing of the Al-Ula Declaration, which has ushered in rapprochement and reconciliation among the many Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations. New Delhi acknowledges the important thing function of a unified GCC in selling peace, stability and prosperity within the area, Tirumurti stated.
Terming the graduation of talks between Israel and Lebanon final yr as a major growth, Tirumurti stated India appears to be like ahead to the swift formation of the Government in Lebanon that may supply political stability and in addition sort out the grave socio-economic challenges being confronted by the folks of Lebanon. “India will continue to stand by Lebanon during its time of need,” he stated.
India welcomed the announcement of convening legislative, presidential and nationwide council elections later this yr in Palestine and urged all events to take crucial additional steps to make sure that these elections are held easily, fulfilling the democratic aspirations of the Palestinian folks.
Noting that it’s heartening to see constructive developments with regard to the Israel-Palestine problem, Tirumurti stated India acknowledges and appreciates the efforts, inter alia, of Egypt within the technique of rapprochement between the Palestinian events, thereby bringing them collectively to finish the inner divide.
“The resumption of civil and security cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has also begun to alleviate the situation on the ground in Palestinian territories,” he stated.
Tirumurti additionally voiced help for the efforts of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland to renew the peace course of, together with via revitalising the Quartet, and assist mediate the peace negotiations.
“We also take note of the joint efforts by Egypt, Jordan, France and Germany aimed at strengthening the collective commitment on the part of the international community to facilitate the peace process,” he stated.
Highlighting India’s engagement with Palestine, Tirumurti stated New Delhi has been constantly supporting Palestinian nation-building efforts via human useful resource growth and institutional constructing.
India is at the moment enterprise a number of tasks in lots of sectors, together with well being, training and, know-how of round $72 million. India has additionally equipped crucial life saving medicine and medical tools to Palestine as help in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, he stated.
As an incoming member of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees within the Near East (UNRWA) Advisory Committee, India underscored its dedication to proceed strengthening its contribution to the Agency. New Delhi has made a multi-year enhanced annual monetary contribution of 5 million dollars to help UNRWA’s work in offering humanitarian help and important companies, he stated.

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