EAM Jaishankar hails two-state solution to West Asia crisis

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Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
WASHINGTON DC, 28th Feb.
India External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday has expressed concern over the conflict in Gaza but made it clear that terrorism and hostage-taking are unacceptable to India.

Mr Jaishankar said in a statement at the high-level segment of the 55th session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva that “It also goes without saying that international humanitarian law must always be respected. It is vital that the conflict does not spread within or beyond the region. And efforts must also focus on seeking a two-state solution where Palestinian people can live within secure borders.”

He added that international humanitarian law must always be respected.

Jaishankar underlined that Indian civilisational thought has always emphasised “one earth, one family, one future.”

He said the Indian approach is one of recognising that “we are defined more by how much we are alike than by our differences; that the many are impacted by the choices made by even a few; and that this interconnectedness means that genuine dialogue as the only way to find solutions is not just an imperative, but in fact, inevitable.”

It is in the global community’s collective interest and responsibility to work together in the UN and outside, to find lasting solutions to geopolitical challenges, he said.

”For this to happen, it is vital that we first recognise that for multilateralism to be credible, effective, and responsive, it is now high time to reform outdated structures and fix systemic flaws, and urgently make multilateral frameworks fit for purpose, reflecting current global realities,” he said.

Mr Jaishankar explained that India’s approach to human rights is rooted in its democratic principles and pluralistic ethos.

”Our Constitution guarantees protection of civil and political rights and provides for progressive realization of economic, social, and cultural rights. Our society and polity are anchored by our institutional strengths of an independent judiciary, robust media, and vibrant civil society. These values have continued to inform India’s policies, domestically and globally,” he added.

Jaishankar said 2024 is an important year for India’s democracy, with 960 million voters gearing up to exercise their right to vote. This is not merely a political exercise but a celebration of democracy, a festival where every voice resonates, and every vote counts. In a world where the principles of democracy are constantly tested, India stands as a beacon of hope and resilience, showcasing the power of the people to shape their collective future, he claimed.

Mr Jaishankar said as the world’s most populous nation and fifth largest economy, India always stands ready to share its experiences and expertise with those who wish to benefit from it. “Our development cooperation, which spans the globe, is guided by the priorities of our partners; creates local capacities; and adheres to fiscal responsibility and transparency.”

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