External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday spoke to the Palestinian Prime Minister as Israel continues to pound Gaza. The minister said he reiterated India’s ‘long-standing position’ during the telephonic conversation.
MEA Jaishankar wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that he “spoke to Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh this evening [Saturday].
“He expressed deep concern on the situation in both Gaza and the West Bank. Reiterated India’s long-standing position on Palestine. Agreed to remain in touch,” the minister added.
This comes a day after Minister Jaishankar told the Parliament that India remains concerned over the deteriorating security situation arising out of the Hamas-Israel conflict. He also called for “restraint and de-escalation” while emphasising on a peaceful resolution of the conflict through “dialogue and diplomacy”.
“We remain concerned at the deteriorating security situation and have called for restraint, de-escalation and emphasised peaceful resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy,” the minister said in a written reply to a question.
Minister Jaishankr also stated that India strongly condemned the October 7 terror attack on Israel by the Palestinian group Hamas as well as the loss of civilian lives in the ongoing conflict.
Meanwhile, Israel is expanding and escalating its attack in Gaza. Israel’s army ordered residents out of the centre of Gaza’s main southern city Khan Younis on Saturday and pounded the length of the enclave.
Meanwhile, the United States vetoed a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
As per official records, the Palestinian death toll in Gaza exceeded 17,700 on Saturday, with many thousands more missing and presumed dead under the rubble.