India calls for early dialogue between Israel and Palestine

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday thanked the Israeli leadership for their wishes on Constitution Day, saying the two countries share and value the same principles of democracy.

Israel President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished India on Constitution Day in tweets.

A video recording of India’s consul general in New York advocating India to follow the “Israeli model” in Kashmir has sent shockwaves across India’s diplomatic community and turned into an international incident with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan terming the top diplomat’s comments as an example of India’s “fascist mindset”.

In a one-hour long video of an interaction with the “Kashmiri Hindu diaspora” in New York uploaded by filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri on his Facebook page, consul general Sandeep Chakravorty seems to be speaking as a representative of “Hindus” rather than “Indians” and appears to implicitly endorse Israel’s illegal policy – officially condemned by the Government of India – of blockading the Palestinians, placing restrictions on their movement and building Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.

On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, Modi also expressed solidarity with the Palestinians in their efforts to establish a “sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine co-existing peacefully with Israel”.

In a message, Modi said his visit to Palestine last year had contributed substantially to further strengthening the historic ties between India and Palestine. “Our enhanced project assistance and capacity building initiatives will continue to contribute to Palestinian nation building,” said Modi, adding that India hoped for an early resumption of dialogue for moving towards a comprehensive and negotiated resolution.

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