UN asks India to mediate between Israel and Palestine

The UN team will hold meetings with Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar, senior officials in the Ministry, political leaders, and think tanks to discuss how India could mediate in the issue.

Published: 02nd March 2020 04:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th March 2020 01:24 PM   |  A+A-

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (Photo| PTI)


NEW DELHI: The UN is exploring ways to engage India for mediation between Israel and Palestine to resolve the protracted conflict between the two in the Middle East.

A delegation of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was on a two-day visit to New Delhi beginning from Monday.

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The team includes UN Ambassadors and Representatives of Senegal (Committee Chair); Indonesia and Malaysia (Committee Members); and the State of Palestine (Committee Observer).

According to an official statement, the delegation 'intends to engage India, a country with good relations to both the State of Palestine and Israel, in looking for ways how it could play a more proactive role in the settling of the question of Palestine'.

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The UN group will focus on enhancing the political and diplomatic support of India for a peaceful solution of the question of Palestine; and engaging Indian counterparts on synergies in capacity building for staff and institutions of the State of Palestine.

The visit would also focus on enhancing the coordination of the UN committee bureau and India on capacity building projects for the State of Palestine, including within the context of South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

The UN team will hold meetings with Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar, and senior officials in the Ministry, political leaders, and think tanks.


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  • Jaideep Bose

    Growing stature invokes more power and responsibility. Just like Armenia has reposed it's faith in Indian made Air Defense System and purchased the DRDO designed radars (this was against some tough competitors like Russia and the US). Armenia can now be rest assured of a friend in India against its neighbor in Turkey.
    1 year ago reply
  • Ben

    Let us start with some basics. Do the Palestinians want to take the responsibility of peace? Peace also means to stop rocketing and bombing Israeli citizens. Would Hamas and the PLO hold hands? Will the Palestinians not be 5th and 6th generation refugees? Does this mean all the special "only for Palestinians" UN AID packages end? Not so easy to give up 70+ years of free money and easy hatred of Jews. On the other hand the Arab world has taken the Palestinians off their "aid list" and sympathies are running low in the Arab world.
    1 year ago reply

    It is golden opportunity to India and particularly Sri Narendra Modi to prove to the world and vote-bank politicians of India
    1 year ago reply
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