UN delegation in Palestine to seek Indian support in the peaceful resolution of conflicts

JERUSALEM: A UN delegation in Palestine will seek the political and diplomatic support of India for a peaceful resolution of the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

India, which shares good relations with Palestine and Israel, believes in a two-state solution in which both Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist peacefully. Palestinians see East Jerusalem as their future capital.

The delegation of the United Nations Committee for the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people (CEIRPP) will meet with the foreign affairs minister, S Jaishankar, and senior ministry officials, as well as with political leaders and expert groups during the 2-day visit to India from Monday.

The delegation intends to involve India in the search for ways in which it could play a more proactive role in solving the question of Palestine, an official statement said.

The visit will also focus on improving the coordination of the Committee Bureau and India on capacity-building projects for Palestine, including in the context of South-South and Triangular Cooperation, he said.

The purpose of the visit is to improve the political and diplomatic support of India for a peaceful solution to the question of Palestine and to involve Indian counterparts in synergies in capacity building for Palestinian personnel and institutions, according to the statement.

The delegation will include UN ambassadors and representatives of Senegal (Chairman of the Committee); Indonesia and Malaysia (members of the Committee); and the State of Palestine (Observer of the Committee).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel in July 2017 to commemorate the 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, becoming the first Indian prime minister to do so.

During his visit to Israel, Modi did not travel to Ramallah. His independent visit to Israel had led many analysts to question the future of Indo-Palestinian ties.

In February 2018, Modi made a historic visit to Palestine and jumped to Israel, in a clear message that India is reeling its ties with Israel and Palestine.

CEIRPP was founded on November 10, 1975 by the United Nations General Assembly to formulate a program that allows the Palestinian people to exercise their right to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty, and the right of Palestinian refugees to to return.