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India's Position On Palestine Independent Of Any Third Country: MEA

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In a controversial move US President Donald Trump on Wednesday recognised the disputed ancient city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem as well.

While many nations condemned the move, India, in a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, said that India's position on Palestine is independent and consistent, not influenced by any third country.

"India's position on Palestine is independent and consistent. It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country," said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

In general, India has maintained friendly relations with both Palestine and Israel while supporting the Palestinian cause. In previous statements, India has referred to East Jerusalem as being the capital of an independent Palestinian state.

Earlier in this year, during Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's visit to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asserted India's support for an independent Palestianian state in a joint statement, but did not mention East Jerusalem.  

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Meanwhile, India's ties with Israel have been improving, and earlier this year, PM Modi became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned and rejected the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying that the move "violates all international and bilateral resolutions."

He condemned the US for ignoring and contradicting "the international consensus expressed by the positions of various countries of the world, saying that "our national Palestinian cause is at a crossroads after the US decision on Jerusalem."