On Republic Day: India Committed to Palestinian Independence

RAMALLAH, January 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Representative of India to the State of Palestine, Mahesh Kumar said, during a ceremony marking the Indian Republic Day in Ramallah on Monday, that his country will continue to support the Palestinian sovereignty and independence.

During the ceremony, Kumar stressed India’s support to the “freedom struggle of other oppressed nations.” “I take this opportunity to reaffirm that India remains strongly committed to the cause of Palestine. India’s support for a sovereign, secular, independent, viable and united State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital remains as strong as ever.”

Kumar recalled the audience of the oppressed people in Gaza, “who have to endure the most of agony …. Gazans are in our hearts and prayers.”

The representative added that India voted in the United Nations Human Rights Council in favor of launching an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Palestine, including East Jerusalem.

More importantly, Kumar said that India will continue to support initiatives at the UN for an early recognition if the State of Palestine.

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who attended the ceremony, praised India’s constant support to the Palestinians and their just cause, including diplomatic and political support, as well as to the efforts of the reconstruction of war-battered Gaza.

Hamdallah called upon the Palestinian people to take example of the Indian peaceful resistance which put an end to the British mandate on India in 1947.