At the BRICS meeting held on Tuesday to discuss the Israel-Hamas conflict, India said the current crisis started due to a terrorist attack and no one should make any compromise with terrorism. India also called for addressing the concerns of the Palestinians and stressed on the ‘two-state’ solution.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar addressed this digital meeting on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that in view of the crisis in Gaza, India has sent 70 tonnes of humanitarian aid and will continue to provide assistance.
Jaishankar said, ‘Civilians are suffering enormous human suffering due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza. We welcome all efforts of the international community to reduce tensions. What is needed now is to ensure that humanitarian aid and relief reaches the Gaza population effectively and safely.
The meeting, organized by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, among others.
Jaishankar said, “It is also important that all hostages are released. We believe that there is a universal obligation to follow international humanitarian law. We all know that the current crisis started with the terrorist attack of October 7. Where As far as terrorism is concerned, none of us should compromise on it. Taking hostages is also unacceptable and cannot be condoned.”
Jaishankar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has talked to many leaders from the region and the world in this context. The Prime Minister has highlighted the need to create favorable conditions for peace and to resume direct and meaningful peace talks.
The Foreign Minister said, ‘We believe that the concerns of the Palestinian people should be addressed seriously and in a sustained manner. This can only be resolved with a two-state solution, which is based on peaceful coexistence.
Members of BRICS countries include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.