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India Welcomes Palestine Election Announcement and Calls for Free and Fair Elections | India News

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NEW YORK: India on Tuesday welcomed the announcement of legislative, presidential and national council elections in Palestine to be held later this year and also urged all parties to take the necessary steps to ensure free and fair elections.
During the open debate at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on ‘The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question’, TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative of India, praised the peaceful efforts towards a “two-way solution. States, through direct negotiations between the two parties. ”
He said that “India welcomes the announcement to call legislative, presidential and national council elections later this year in Palestine and urges all parties to take the necessary measures to ensure that these elections are held in compliance with the democratic aspirations of the people. Palestinian”.
Welcoming the normalization of relations between Israel and some members of the League of Arab States, Tirumurti said this will provide the “necessary impetus for the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine.”
During the Open Debate, he also thanked Egypt for helping in the process of rapprochement between the Palestinian parties, “leading them to end the internal division.”
Turning to broader regional developments, India welcomes the signing of the Al-Ula Declaration, which has ushered in rapprochement and reconciliation between the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) countries. We recognize the key role of a unified GCC in promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the region, “he added.
Reiterating India’s stance in favor of a “just and comprehensive solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine,” he said that India supports “President Mahmoud Abbas’s call to hold an international peace conference with the participation of all relevant parties. to achieve the vision of a sovereign and independent Palestine living in peace and security with Israel. ”
Speaking about the start of the Israel-Lebanon talks, Tirumurti said that India looks forward to the formation of the government in Lebanon as it “will offer political stability and also address the serious socio-economic challenges facing the Lebanese people.”
During the Open Debate, India also emphasized its proposal to supply vaccines to the Middle East region to help countries fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

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