Have to stand up against terrorism, says Jaishankar

Rome: External Affairs Minister of India S. Jaishankar Thursday restated India’s stance on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians terrorist organization Hamas. “If there is an issue of terrorism, and we all find terrorism unacceptable, we must stand up,” Jaishankar said.

He was addressing the Joint Secretary Session of the Senate’s External Affairs and Defence Commission in Rome.

Jaishankar said that while terrorism is “unacceptable”, there also needs to be a solution for the issue of Palestine. “What happened on October 7 was a big act of terrorism, the subsequent acts happening after that. This has taken the entire region into a different direction. But surely, it must be everybody’s hope that eventually…the conflict can’t be the normal of the region and that it comes back to some stability, some cooperation,” Jaishankar said.

Jaishankar also reiterated India’s position on the question of Palestine. “Our view is that it has to be a two-state solution,” he said, adding, “international humanitarian law must be respected by everybody. Notably, India has always advocated for a sovereign, independent and viable state of Palestine that lives side by side at peace with Israel.

“India has always advocated the resumption of direct negotiations towards establishing a sovereign, independent and viable state of Palestine living within secure and recognized borders side by side at peace with Israel. That position remains the same,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said after the October 7 attacks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first global leaders to condemn the terror attack by Hamas and express full solidarity with Israel.

On October 7, over 2000 terrorists breached the border into Israel from the Gaza Strip and carried out a horrific terror attack killing more than 1400 people and taking over 200 people as hostages.

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