India distances itself from US decision on Jerusalem

RSTV Bureau
File photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia.

File photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@MEAIndia.

Reacting to the United States’ announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, India on Thursday said its position on Palestine is independent, consistent and not determined by any third country.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India’s position on Palestine is shaped by its own views and interests and not determined 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,” he said responding to a query regarding India’s position on recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the US.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday made an announcement from White House recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The announcement has already stirred divided opinions worldwide.

Following Trump’s announcement, the US authorities have started the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, which bears significance for Jews, Christians and Muslims and other sects.

While Israel welcomed the decision, many Arab leaders warned that the developments could trigger an upheaval in the already volatile Middle East.

The controversial decision was promised by Trump during his bitterly fought 2016 US Presidential campaign.

(With inputs from PTI)