Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Arab League foreign ministers to visit India this week

This week, the Arab League foreign ministers are set to visit India for discussions on providing humanitarian aid to those affected by the Hamas-Israel conflict in Gaza.

Ministers from the Arab world, returning from their visit to China to seek an end to the military operation in Gaza, will gather in India for discussions.

These talks will take place against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on dialogue and diplomacy as the means to resolve the crisis.

The delegation attending the meeting will consist of Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the Saudi foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, the Jordanian deputy PM and foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian foreign minister, and Riyad Al-Maliki, the Palestinian foreign minister.

Egypt and Jordan share boundaries and diplomatic relations with Israel.

The purpose of the Arab foreign ministers’ visit is to hold discussions about the ongoing crisis in West Asia. During their visit, they will have a meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

The Arab ministers visited Beijing on Monday to begin their tour advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza.

They urged an end to hostilities and the facilitation of humanitarian aid into Gaza. Additionally, they plan to travel to Moscow to further their efforts.

“We are here to send a clear signal, that is we must immediately stop fighting and the killings; we must immediately deliver humanitarian supplies to Gaza,” Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said in Beijing on Monday, Economic Times reported.

India has expressed support for global initiatives to deescalate the conflict and provide necessary humanitarian assistance to the people of Palestine.

In this regard, New Delhi has sent 70 tonnes of disaster relief materials, including 17 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies, to Palestine in two separate deliveries.

Initially, India supported Israel in response to the Hamas terror attack that killed over 1,400 people. However, it has since taken a more nuanced stance, emphasising the importance of upholding international humanitarian law and advocating for a two-state solution.

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