New Delhi, 21 November (HS). External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has said that the current Palestine crisis involves three important issues – terrorism, humanitarian situation in Gaza and a two-state solution for the rights of Palestinians. These should be given equal importance.
Jaishankar, in a joint meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Wang Pen on Tuesday, said that the Palestine crisis has a history of its own and is a very complex problem. He said that the terrorist attack in Israel on October 7 was condemned nationally and internationally. Terrorism cannot be accepted at all. He said that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is very serious and it should be ensured that humanitarian aid is provided there as soon as possible.
Reiterating India’s consistent stand regarding Palestine, the Foreign Minister said that a two-state solution is necessary for the rights and future of the Palestinian people. Australia’s Foreign Minister said that under the two-state solution, what will be the borders of Palestine will be determined. This can be done on the basis of discussion. He said that Israel’s establishment of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories is against international law. Australia opposes this.
It is noteworthy that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called an emergency meeting of the BRICS organization on Tuesday to consider the Palestine crisis. Leaders of BRICS member countries including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will participate in this virtual summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not participating in the summit due to prior commitments. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will attend the meeting in his place.
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