The only way to achieve lasting peace is through a two-state solution: India on Gaza conflict

"Achieving a lasting peace requires a Two-State solution, which can only be reached through sincere and direct negotiations between the two parties. India fully supports this solution, where the Palestinian people can live freely in their own independent country, while also acknowledging the security concerns of Israel. This commitment reflects our dedication to a peaceful and secure future for both nations," stated Kamboj.

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India is dedicated to supporting a two-state solution where the Palestinian people can live freely in an independent country, while also considering the security needs of Israel, according to India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj.

In her address at the United Nations General Assembly Meeting on the Use of Veto, Kamboj reiterated India’s clear stance on the conflict.

“A Two-State solution achieved through direct and meaningful negotiations is the only way to achieve lasting peace. India is committed to supporting a Two-State solution where the Palestinian people can live freely in an independent country within secure borders, while also considering the security needs of Israel,” Kamboj said.

She stressed the importance of immediate de-escalation and called for the release of all hostages, avoidance of violence, and creation of conditions for peace negotiations to resume.

India strongly condemned the loss of civilian lives in the conflict, especially among women and children, and highlighted the urgent need for humanitarian aid to address the alarming crisis. India demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages.

Kamboj emphasized the need to respect international law and international humanitarian law in all conflict situations, condemning the terror attacks in Israel that triggered the conflict.

She called for increased humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza to prevent further deterioration of the situation and expressed India’s support for the efforts of the UN and international community. India has provided and will continue to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas resulted in casualties and the seizure of hostages. Israel’s offensive targeted Hamas’ infrastructure with the aim of eliminating the terror group while minimizing civilian casualties. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been clear that Israel will not agree to a ceasefire, viewing it as surrendering to Hamas.

Recent negotiations for a hostage deal between Hamas and Israel have seen progress, with Hamas backing off some key demands. The US, Egyptian, and Israeli intelligence chiefs, along with the Qatari prime minister, have played a role in resolving major obstacles.

Tarah Nguyen