Penn Political Expert Reacts To US Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

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Reacting to US President Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, India said on Thursday that its position on Palestine was shaped by its views and interests "and not determined by any third country".

Even as the political situation in the middle-east is getting more volatile after the U.S. recognised Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, Palestinian Ambassador in New Delhi Adnan Abu Alhaijaa reportedly told a TV channel that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Palestine but did not elaborate when the visit will take place.

"India's position on Palestine is independent and consistent", said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. India's response to Mr. Trump's statement came even as the Palestinian Ambassador to India declared that his country is likely to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi in near future.

Guterres has already said that "there is no alternative to the two-state solution: two states living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition - with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine".

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"India supports all efforts to find an acceptable solution to all the pending issues including Jerusalem".

His message on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 25 last or India's statement to UN General Assembly on November 29 last, too, did not refer to the call for East Jerusalem to be the capital of Palestine. "We are looking for a different body to look after the peace process". This is despite the fact that India now enjoys close strategic ties with both the United States and Israel.

The Palestininan President was also described then by PM Modi as "an old friend of India".

New Delhi has traditionally supported the Palestinian cause even as it opened diplomatic ties with Israel in 1992. The Arab world will obviously keep a close eye on the visit.

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