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Palestine Asks India to Reconsider Its Decision to Export Weapons to Israel

© AP Photo / Altaf QadriAn exhibitor from Advanced Weapons And Equipment India Limited explains the working of a Light Machine Gun to a delegate at the International Police Expo 2023 in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, July, 26, 2023.
An exhibitor from Advanced Weapons And Equipment India Limited explains the working of a Light Machine Gun to a delegate at the International Police Expo 2023 in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, July, 26, 2023.  - Sputnik India, 1920, 24.05.2024
India, which enjoys good relations with both Israel and Palestine, has consistently backed a "two-state solution" to achieve an "enduring peace" in the Middle-East.
India should “reconsider” its decision to export weapons to Israel as these were being used to kill Palestinians in Gaza, Palestine’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Varsen Aghabekian told the Indian Representative to Palestine Renu Yadav at a meeting in Ramallah on Thursday.
The readout of the meeting was released by Palestine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday.
“Israel is the main violator of human rights in the world, and it must be pressured in every way to stop the war of genocide, starvation and displacement against our people in the Gaza Strip,” stated the Palestinian readout.
The meeting comes against the backdrop of media reports claiming that New Delhi had "permitted" a state-backed weapons manufacturer as well as a private arms company to export their products to Israel since the eruption of hostilities in Gaza in the wake of Hamas attack on 7 October.
The Indian publication The Wire reades that state-backed Munitions India Ltd (MIL), which is engaged in production of a range "small, medium and high calibre ammunition, mortars, rockets, hand grenades and caters to requirements of the "army, navy, air force and para-military forces”, according to the companie's website, was allowed by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DFGT) to export its products to Israel in January. The report claimes that the weapons manufacturer applied for another licnese to export a "repeat" order in April.
Meanwhile, the publication reportes that Premier Explosives Limited, a private Indian company, was also given a licence by DGFT to export its products to Israel since the start of the Gaza conflict twice — in November and January. The company specialises in manufacturing a range of explosives used in missile systems, detonators and charges, according to its website.
Last week, El Pais newspaper reported that a Danish-flagged vessel carrying nearly 27 tonnes of explosives from Chennai (India) to Haifa (Israel) had been refused permission to dock at a Spanish port.
India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal told a regular briefing in New Delhi last week that Indian authorities were looking into the matter.

Modi's Mediation Efforts in Gaza Conflict

While India maintains close defence, technological and counter-terrorism ties with Israel, it has on numerous occasions called for a "two-state solution" to bring everlasting peace to the region.
In several of his media interviews this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed that he dispatched his special envoy (National Security Advisor Ajit Doval) to Israel in March to ask Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop bombing in Gaza during the holy month of Ramadan.

"It was the month of Ramzan. So I sent my special envoy to Israel and asked him to convey and explain to the Prime Minister (Netanyahu) that at least do not carry out bombings in Gaza during Ramzan," PM Modi was quoted by Indian media.

At the United Nations (UN), in May India has voted in favour of a ceasefire as well as supported a resolution to grant Palestine full UN membership.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, told the UN General Assembly this months that New Delhi "strongly condemned" the loss of civilian lives in Gaza. The Indian envoy once again called on Israel to "respect international humanitarian law" and allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.
"India has provided humanitarian aid to the people of Palestine and will continue to do so," Kamboj said.
However, two, the terror attacks in Israel on 7 October 2023 were shocking, and they deserve our unequivocal condemnation, Kamboj stated, articulating New Delhi's position from the start of the Gaza conflict. She noted, that there can be no justification for terrorism and hostage taking and emphisized India's longstanding and uncompromising position against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Finally, she stressed that only a "two-state solution" could deliver an "enduring peace" in the region, calling for resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestine to achieve the goal.
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