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India calls for ‘immediate and unconditional’ release of hostages

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Because the Israel-Hamas disaster continues, India inspired all sides on Thursday to keep away from bloodshed, de-escalate the state of affairs, and supply the groundwork for an early restart of direct peace talks aimed toward reaching a two-state answer to the Palestine problem.

India too demanded the “immediate and unconditional” launch of prisoners with out figuring out Hamas.

Following Hamas militants’ unprecedented and multi-pronged strikes on Israeli communities on October 7, Israel has launched an enormous navy offensive in Gaza.

In Israel, Hamas killed round 1,400 individuals and kidnapped virtually 220 others.In line with Gaza’s Hamas-run officers, the Israeli offensive has killed round 10,500 individuals.

At his weekly media briefing, Spokesperson within the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) Arindam Bagchi mentioned India has made its place clear on the Hamas-Israel battle on a number of events together with in the course of the UN Common Meeting debate on October 27.

“We have strongly condemned the horrific attack on Israel, urged the need for zero tolerance for terrorism and called for immediate and unconditional release of hostages,” he mentioned.

“We have also conveyed our deep concern at the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the increasing civilian toll and welcomed efforts to de-escalate the situation and provide humanitarian assistance,” he mentioned.

Bagchi mentioned India has additionally despatched 38 tonnes of humanitarian reduction materials and emphasised the necessity for strict “observance of international humanitarian law.” The reduction supplies have been despatched to the individuals of Gaza.

“We have also urged the parties to de-escalate, eschew violence and work towards creating conditions for an early resumption of direct peace negotiations towards a two state solution. That captures all aspects of how we look at the very difficult situation there,” he mentioned.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held telephone conversations with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas following escalation of the battle.

Requested about studies that the Israeli building trade is taking a look at recruiting 100,000 Indian staff to switch the 90,000 Palestinians, he was not conscious of any such requests from Tel Aviv.

“I am not sure of any specific conversations or requests. I saw some reports of 100,000 workers replacing other workers there. I have not heard any of those things. (I am) not aware of any specific figure or request,” Bagchi mentioned.

In a bigger context, he mentioned India has been working in direction of giving its residents entry to the “global work place”.

“In this regard, we have been in discussion on trying to get into mobility agreements with a number of countries. Such frameworks and agreements ensure that our people are treated fairly, their rights are protected and they are not discriminated against,” Bagchi mentioned.

“In Israel, there are already a number of Indian workers employed there, especially in the care-giver sector. Since 2022, we have been discussing a bilateral framework in the construction and care-giver sectors,” he mentioned.

“But this is a long-term initiative. But I am not aware of any specific requests or the numbers that have been floating around,” he mentioned.



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