India reiterates support for the two-state formula and calls the Rafah deaths “heartbreaking.”

India said on Thursday that it has always backed the two-state solution to settle the Israel-Palestine issue and was among the first nations to recognize Palestine.

India also said that it has taken notice of the fact that Israel has begun an investigation into the civilian killings in the attack in Rafah and described the civilian deaths as “heartbreaking.”

The spokesperson for the external affairs ministry, Randhir Jaiswal, stated: “India was one of the first countries to recognize the state of Palestine in the late 1980s, and we have long supported two state solution which entails the establishment of a sovereign, viable, and independent state of Palestine within recognized and mutually agreed borders, living side by side with Israel in peace.”

“There is great worry about the tragic loss of civilian life in the Rafah refugee camp. The spokeswoman said, “We have constantly advocated for respect for international humanitarian law and protection of the civilian population in the current war.

According to Jaiswal, “We also note that the Israeli side has already announced an investigation into the incident and accepted responsibility for it as a tragic accident.”

In its note on India-Palestine ties, the External Affairs Ministry states that New Delhi’s foreign policy has always included strong support for the Palestinian cause.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was acknowledged as the only authorized representation of the Palestinian people by India in 1974, making it the first non-Arab state to do so. India was one of the first nations to recognize the state of Palestine in 1988. According to the ministry’s notice, India established its Representative Office in Gaza in 1996 and relocated it to Ramallah in 2003.

India and Palestine have regularly had high-level bilateral visits. On February 10, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a historic first-ever visit to Palestine. In October 2015, former President Pranab Mukherjee also embarked on a historic first-ever visit to Palestine.

The statement further notes that India has given the Palestinian people substantial economic help in addition to strong political backing. This includes providing funds for the building of the Mahatma Gandhi Library, which doubles as a student activity center at Palestine Technical College, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Library at Al Azhar University in Gaza.

India has actively participated in a number of international fora in support of the Palestinian cause. According to the note, India co-sponsored and supported the draft resolution on “the right of Palestinians to self-determination” at the 53rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Jawaharlal Nehru Secondary School for Boys in Abu Dees and Jawaharlal Nehru Secondary School for Girls in Ashira Al-Shamaliya were built with funding from India in 2015. Additionally, India set up a Digital Learning and Innovation Center at Al Quds University in Ramallah, the India-Palestine Centre of Excellence in ICT at Al-Quds University in Abu Dees, and provided vocational training equipment to centers in Hebron and Yatta.

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