NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to President of Palestine Authority, Mahmoud Abbas and conveyed his condolences over the killing of 470 people in the bombing of a hospital in Gaza.
Modi also told Abbas that India will continue to send humanitarian aid to Palestine, while reiterating its long standing position on the Israel-Palestine issue, that of having direct negotiations on establishing a two-state solution.
“Spoke to the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. conveyed my condolences at the loss of civilian lives at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. We will continue to send humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people. Shared our deep concern at the terrorism, violence and deteriorating security situation in the region. Reiterated India’s long-standing principled position on the Israel-Palestine issue,” Modi posted on X.
Earlier referring to the hospital bombing in Gaza, external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said, “We have also expressed our concern at the civilian casualties and the humanitarian situation. We would urge strict observance of international humanitarian law.”
India on Thursday reiterated that it has always favoured direct negotiations for establishing a two-state solution on the Israel-Palestine issue.
Addressing media persons, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the international community must come together in combatting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
“You would have seen the comments, the tweets as well as statement from Prime Minister. We have strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attack on Israel. The international community must stand together in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There was also the issue of Palestine and on that we have reiterated our position in favour of direct negotiations for establishing a two-state solution.”
Referring to the killing of 470 people in a hospital bombing in Gaza, Bagchi said, “We have also expressed our concern at the civilian casualties and the humanitarian situation. We would urge strict observance of international humanitarian law.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and conveyed his condolences over loss of civilian lives at the bombing of Al Ahli hospital in Gaza.
“Deeply shocked at the tragic loss of lives at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and prayers for speedy recovery of those injured. Civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict are a matter of serious and continuing concern. Those involved should be held responsible,” Modi had posted on X earlier when the incident had occurred two days back.
Meanwhile, Bagchi also informed that India has evacuated at least 1,200 people stranded in Israel under its evacuation plan called Operation Ajay.
“Around 1,200 Indians have come back in five flights under operation Ajay, including 18 Nepali nationals,” the Spokesperson said.
On replying to a question on cooperation with the Maldives, the MEA spokesperson said: “The assistance and platform that we have provided have contributed significantly in areas like people’s welfare, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and combating illegal maritime activities.
“Over the last five years, more than 500 medical evacuations have been carried out. India has been the first responder for Maldives.
“We look forward to constructively engaging with the incoming administration and discussing ways to enhance our relationship further.”