In a diplomatic outreach to express solidarity and offer condolences, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday. The conversation revolved around the tragic loss of civilian lives at the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza.
Expressing India's unwavering support for the Palestinian people, Prime Minister Modi took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to convey his message. He stated, "We will continue to send humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people."
Reiterating India's consistent stance on the Israel-Palestine issue, Modi assured President Abbas of India's commitment to the cause. India's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, had earlier articulated the nation's position during a press briefing, stating that India strongly advocated for negotiations aimed at establishing a two-state solution, ultimately leading to the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
The two-state solution has long been India's favored approach to address the complex Israel-Palestine conflict. Prime Minister Modi emphasized this approach in his conversation with President Abbas, highlighting India's enduring commitment to the Palestinian cause.
Furthermore, it is important to note that Prime Minister Modi had previously assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of India's unwavering support during a conversation last week. He conveyed that "the people of India stand in solidarity with Israel in this difficult hour."
India's stance on the Israel-Palestine issue has evolved significantly over the years. During the Cold War era, India was a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause. However, since establishing diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992, the bilateral relationship between India and Israel has grown substantially. In 2017, Prime Minister Modi made history by becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel, solidifying the evolving partnership between the two nations.