NEW DELHI: Foreign minister S Jaishankar spoke to his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen on Saturday and reiterated India’s condemnation of terrorism and its support for a two-state solution. He also underlined the importance India attaches to international humanitarian law, as Israel continues its punitive action against Hamas in Gaza.
Amid the deteriorating security situation in Gaza and continued loss of civilian lives, India has also stepped up its engagements with stakeholders who are working to defuse the situation. PM Narendra Modi had on Friday spoken to his UK counterpart Rishi Sunak and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan about the Israel-Hamas conflict.
A UK readout of the Modi-Sunak conversation said the leaders discussed the “deeply distressing situation” in the Middle East and condemned Hamas’s attacks on Israel. India has so far not named Hamas in its condemnation of the October 7 terror attacks on Israel.
According to Sunak’s office, the leaders also reiterated that Hamas did not represent the Palestinian people and reflected on the need to de-escalate tensions in the wider region.
After his talks with his Israeli counterpart, Jaishankar said he appreciated Cohen’s sharing of the Israeli assessment of the current situation. “Reiterated our firm commitment to countering terrorism, observance of international humanitarian law and for a two-state solution,” said Jaishankar.
Cohen thanked him for his support of Israel and of its war against the Hamasterrorist organization.
“Our war is the entire democratic world’s war against a despicable terrorist organization that is worst than ISIS,” said Cohen on social media platform X.

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