Agreed to stay in touch,” Jaishankar said on X following telephone conversation.
Earlier on Saturday Jaishankar spoke with his Israeli counterpart and reiterated India’s firm commitment to countering terrorism, observance of international humanitarian law and for a two state solution.“Spoke this afternoon with FM @elicoh1 of Israel.
Appreciated his sharing the Israeli assessment of the current situation. Reiterated our firm commitment to countering terrorism, observance of international humanitarian law and for a two state solution,” Jaishankar wrote on his social media platform X.Earlier this week while in Italy Jaishankar had said that what happened on October 7 is “a big act of terrorism and we all need to stand up against it but at the same time also stressed the need for a solution to the Palestine issue”. He also called for respecting international humanitarian law.Addressing a joint secretary session of the Senate’s External Affairs and Defence Commission in Rome on Thursday, Jaishankar has said, “What happened on October 7 is a big act of terrorism and the subsequent happenings after that, have taken the entire region to a different direction… Within this, we have to find a balance between different issues… We all find terrorism unacceptable and we have to stand up against terrorism but there is also an issue of Palestine. There has to be a solution to the problems faced by the Palestinian people.”
Reiterating New Delhi’s position of a ‘two-state’ solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict, he had said “if you have to find a solution, you have to find it through dialogue and negotiation”.
“Our view is that it has to be a two-state solution… You cannot find a solution through conflict and terrorism so we will support that as well… We believe that international humanitarian law must be respected by everybody…,” he said.