Position on Palestine not determined by any third country: India

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New Delhi: Reacting to the US’ announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, India today said its position on Palestine is independent, consistent and not determined by any third country.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India’s position on Palestine is shaped by its own views and interests and 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,” he said responding to a query regarding India’s position on recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the US.

US President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans to relocate the US embassy, currently based in Tel Aviv, to the city.

In his live televised address from White House last night, Trump said, it was a long overdue step. He also directed the State Department to immediately begin the process of construction of US embassy in Jerusalem.