We have always advocated direct negotiations for a sovereign and independent Palestine, says Indian Ruchira Kamboj at the UN

Ruchira Kamboj, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations. ANI

India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, said on Monday that India has always advocated for the resumption of direct negotiations with a view to establishing a sovereign, independent and viable Palestinian state living within secure and recognized borders, side by side with Israel.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly during informal discussions on the humanitarian situation in Palestine, Kamboj said: “India has always had the position of achieving a just, peaceful and lasting solution to the Israeli- Palestinian. India has always advocated the resumption of direct negotiations with a view to establishing a sovereign, independent and viable Palestinian State living within secure and recognized borders, side by side with Israel.

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Welcoming international efforts to ensure further de-escalation of the conflict, Kamboj said India opposes terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and is clearly against violence.

“India welcomes all efforts by the international community to de-escalate the conflict and enable the delivery of urgent humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people,” she said.

“The message from our leaders has been clear and consistent: we are firmly opposed to terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, clearly against violence and stand on the side of respecting international humanitarian law and ensuring that further escalation is avoided , that the delivery of humanitarian aid is possible. continues, all hostages are released unconditionally and all parties are working towards a rapid restoration of peace and stability. With this in mind, we also welcome the humanitarian pause efforts,” added the diplomat.

Kamboj highlighted that India has already delivered 70 tonnes of relief materials, including medicines and medical supplies, to the Palestinian people.

“We are also firm in our commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people and have already delivered 70 tons of disaster relief materials, including 17 tons of medicines and medical supplies in two tranches, and our humanitarian support continues . Similarly, India continues to play an active role as a member of the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA),” he said. -she declared.

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Meanwhile, amid the current situation in Gaza, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will host BRICS groups of nations to convene a virtual extraordinary joint BRICS meeting on Monday, the South African president’s office announced.

In a major development, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will also participate in the virtual meeting.

According to the press release, during the meeting, the South African President will deliver an opening speech, followed by speeches from invited States and Members on the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Later in the meeting, a joint statement on the situation in the Middle East, with particular reference to Gaza, will be adopted.

Leaders of BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India and China will join the virtual extraordinary meeting with invited BRICS leaders from Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates, the press release said.

With the contribution of agencies

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