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No plans to change in policy on Palestine grounds; Central Govt.

sushma-swaraj12New Delhi: The central government has made it clear that it has no plans to change its policy on Palestine cause. There were speculations regarding New Delhi’s policy of extending traditional support for the Palestinian cause even as it continues to maintain good relations with Israel. Earlier this year external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had sought to allay apprehension that there was any change in India’s Palestine policy.

The foreign ministry also referred to the recent message by PM Narendra Modi to the UN reaffirming support for the “just cause of Palestine and solidarity with the Palestinian people for their struggle”.

The message from the minister was to mark the International day of solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 24. “India supports a negotiated solution, resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognized borders, side by side and at peace with Israel, as endorsed in the Arab Peace Initiative, the Quartet road map and relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” said the government.

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