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India Supports Palestine Bid for UN Membership

Thu 02 May 2024 | 02:55 PM
Israa Farhan

India has expressed hope for a reconsideration of Palestine's request for full membership in the United Nations, which was not approved by the UN Security Council last month due to the United States' veto.

Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, India's representative to the UN, stated during a speech at the UN General Assembly, broadcasted by India's "NDTV" channel on Thursday, "In line with India's consistent stance, we hope that this matter will be reconsidered in due course, and that Palestine's efforts to obtain full membership in the United Nations will be endorsed."

The Indian representative to the UN added that India's leadership has repeatedly emphasized that only a two-state solution, achievable through direct and purposeful negotiations between Israel and Palestine, can achieve lasting peace.

She reiterated India's commitment to supporting a two-state solution, allowing the Palestinian people to live freely in an independent state within secure borders.

To achieve this, India urges all parties to create conducive conditions for the resumption of direct peace negotiations as soon as possible.

It is worth mentioning that Palestine currently holds the status of a "non-member observer state" at the UN, a status granted by the General Assembly in 2012. This status allows Palestine to participate in various meetings of the organization without the right to vote on resolutions.

India was the first non-Arab country to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people in 1974.

Moreover, India was among the first countries to recognize the State of Palestine in 1988.