India asks Israel and Palestine to resolve their dispute by negotiations1 min read . Updated: 29 Jan 2020, 09:03 PM IST
- India's reiteration of its position follows Trump’s Middle East peace plan
- India has been consistently supportive of the Palestinian cause and has called for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue
NEW DELHI : India on Wednesday asked Israel and Palestine to resolve their dispute through direct negotiations as New Delhi reaffirmed its call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
India's reiteration of its position followed US President Donald Trump unveiling his Middle East peace plan late Tuesday under which he proposed an independent Palestinian state and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over West Bank settlements.
In New Delhi, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said India has been consistently supportive of the Palestinian cause and has called for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
"We reiterate our view that the final status issues should be resolved through direct negotiations between the two parties and be acceptable to both. We urge the parties to engage with each other, including on the recent proposals put forward by the United States, and find an acceptable two-state solution for peaceful coexistence," Kumar said in response to a question on the Israel-Palestine issue.
"We will continue to follow developments in the region and engage with the parties concerned," he said.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Jerusalem "will remain Israel's undivided capital" in his Middle East peace plan, describing it as "historic" and a "giant step" towards peace.
Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House, Trump proposed a "realistic" two-state solution to solve one of the world's longest-running conflicts, saying it would bring lasting peace in the Middle East.