India gave a blow to friend Israel, supported giving membership to Palestine in UN.

India has expressed hope that Palestine’s bid to become a full member of the United Nations will be reconsidered and its bid to become a member of the world organization will be supported. Last month, the US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to grant full UN membership to Palestine. The 15-nation Council voted on a draft resolution on admitting the State of Palestine to the United Nations. There were 12 votes in favor of the resolution, with Switzerland and Britain abstaining and the US vetoing it. To be adopted, the draft resolution needed at least nine Council members to vote in favor of it, with no veto by any of its five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. .

Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, said that we have noted that Palestine’s application for membership in the United Nations was not approved by the Security Council due to the above veto, let me say this at the beginning. I would like to say that keeping in mind India’s long-term position, we hope that this will be reconsidered in due course of time and Palestine’s bid to become a member of the United Nations will be supported. India was the first non-Arab state to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people in 1974. India was one of the first countries to recognize the State of Palestine in 1988 and in 1996, Delhi opened its doors. Palestine Authority representative office in Gaza, later moved to Ramallah in 2003.

Currently, Palestine is a non-member observer state at the United Nations, a status it was granted by the General Assembly in 2012. This status allows Palestine to participate in the world body’s proceedings, but cannot vote on resolutions. The only other non-member observer state at the UN is the Holy See, which represents the Vatican. Addressing the General Assembly meeting on Wednesday, Kamboj underlined that India’s leadership has repeatedly stressed that the two-state solution will be achieved through direct and meaningful negotiations between Israel and Palestine on final status issues. Only solution will provide lasting peace.

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