India says position on Palestine 'independent'
Palestinians watch a televised broadcast of US President Donald Trump delivering an address where announced that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Jerusalem's Old City on December 6. Photograph: (Reuters)
After President Donald Trump's announced that the United States recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, India today clarified that its position on Palestine was independent, shaped by its own views and was 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," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
India has always referred to East Jerusalem as being the capital of an independent Palestinian state.
President Donald Trump yesterday recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of US and international policy on the holy city and resulting in criticism from all quarters of the world with the exception of Israel.
President Trump also said the US would shift its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making it the first country to take such a step.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the United States' move and termed it a "historic day". The Arab world condemned it and said Jerusalem would continue to remain "eternal capital of the State of Palestine" and that President Donald Trump's move had opened "the gates of hell".
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a televised speech on Wednesday, said their leadership would not accept the move and announced that the US could no longer participate in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
The Palestine Liberation Organization said the US has "destroyed the two-state solution".