During a Security Council open debate on the Middle East on Wednesday, India’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, strongly condemned the recent terrorist attack in Abu Dhabi, during which three people, including two Indians, tragically lost their lives.
âSuch an attack on innocent civilians and civilian infrastructure is completely unacceptable. This is a flagrant violation of international law. It is also against all civilized norms,â he said.
Stressing that India stands in solidarity with the United Arab Emirates, Tirumurti said that New Delhi gave its full support to an unequivocal condemnation by the Council of this terrorist attack.
âIt is important that the Council remains united to send a clear signal against these heinous acts of terror,â he said.
On the morning of January 17, the Houthis targeted the Musaffah ICAD 3 area and the new construction area of ââAbu Dhabi International Airport, both of which are civilian infrastructure.
The attacks, which resulted in the explosion of three oil tankers, killed two Indian civilians and a Pakistani civilian and injured six other civilians, including two Indians.
“The Houthis have confirmed responsibility for the attacks,” a statement from the UAE mission said.
The United Arab Emirates had requested a meeting of the UN Security Council to deal with the Houthi terrorist attacks in Abu Dhabi.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a phone conversation with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Tuesday during which the two discussed the terror attack.
Jaishankar condemned the terrorist attack in the strongest terms and stressed that “in our time, such an attack on innocent civilians is totally unacceptable and against all civilized norms.”
Tirumurti also expressed deep concern over recent developments in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.
âViolent attacks against civilians have increased in recent weeks. Acts of destruction and provocation continue. New settlement units have been announced. We call on the parties to immediately make concrete efforts to reverse these actions,â he said.
India stressed that such unilateral steps unduly alter the status quo on the ground, undermine the viability of the two-state solution and pose serious challenges to the resumption of peace talks. “They must be avoided.”
Tirumurti stressed the urgent need to reverse negative trends on the ground and the need for a roadmap for the resumption of direct political negotiations.
He said the international community must also send a strong signal against any measures that will prevent the possibility of a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine in the near future.
âIt is extremely important to prevent actions that undermine confidence-building measures, the parties must focus on constructive measures.
India noted that it is “encouraged” by the direct contacts between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Tirumurti described as “welcome developments” the recent meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Israel’s subsequent announcement to continue advancing socio-economic measures alongside those determined during the previous meetings, such as the progress of the transfer of tax payments and status approvals.
“Such initiatives which are in the interests of both sides help maintain stability and discourage a possible resurgence of terror and violence,” he said.
“The full and immediate implementation of these measures and the continuation of high-level interactions must be accompanied by a clear roadmap for the rapid resumption of direct negotiations and all final status issues, which, in our view, is the best path towards realizing the goal of a two-state solution,â he said.
Tirumurti reiterated India’s ‘firm and unwavering’ commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian issue and said New Delhi supports a negotiated two-state solution leading to the establishment of a sovereign State of Palestine , independent and viable, living within secure and recognized borders. side by side in peace with Israel.
He said that India has always called for direct peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, based on the internationally agreed framework, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for statehood and the legitimate concerns of Israel on security.
âThe absence of these direct talks on key political issues has asymmetrical costs for Israelis and Palestinians and does not bode well for long-term peace in the region,â he said.
India called on the United Nations and the international community, especially the Middle East Quartet, to give priority to reviving these negotiations. “As a friend of Israel and Palestine, India will continue to support all efforts aimed at achieving a comprehensive and lasting two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”