West Asia fighting: India pitches for de-escalation

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New Delhi (NVI): India tonight pressed for de-escalation in the tensions between Israel and Palestinians and advocated direct talks between the warring sides, while condemning “all violence”, including “rocket attacks from Gaza” into Israeli cities.

India’s stand, which included support to “just Palestinian cause & two-State solution”, was articulated by its Envoy to the United Nations T S Tirumurti at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Israel-Palestine.

Tirumurti made public, through a series of tweets, what he said at the crucial meeting convened in view of heightened fighting between Israel and the Palestinians.

He said he expressed “Deep concern at violence in #Jerusalem, Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount, & eviction in #SheikhJarrah & Silwan.

“Rocket attacks from #Gaza, which we condemn, & retaliation into Gaza caused deaths.”

He said India condemns “all violence, destruction”.

” (We) Mourn #Indian national death & of all others. Call for immediate de-escalation.”

India advocated the warring sides to

“Refrain from unilateral change in status-quo, including in #East Jerusalem & neighbourhood”.

Tirumurti said, “Historic status-quo of holy places in #Jerusalem be respected”

In another tweet, he said “In the same #UNSC meeting, I added:

Old City of #Jerusalem houses Al Zawiyya Al Hindiyya – historic #Indian Hospice associated with #Sufi Saint Baba Farid”

“Immediately resume direct dialogue, create conducive conditions.

“(We) support just #Palestinian cause & two-State solution”.