Jerusalem move: Mehbooba, Farooq laud India’s stand at UNGA

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday that she was proud of India’s decision to vote in the UN against the US recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Jerusalem move: Mehbooba, Farooq laud India’s stand at UNGA
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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday that she was proud of India's decision to vote in the UN against the US recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"Very proud to see that India joined over 100 countries at the UN to vote against recognising Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. This vote further reaffirms our stand and support to Palestine," she said in a statement on Twitter.

Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim majority state, has always reacted emotionally to Israel-Palestine conflict in the past.

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah also welcomed the adoption of UNGA resolution opposing declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States.

Expressing gratitude to all 128 countries that voted in favour of the resolution declaring the US move on Jerusalem as "null and void", Farooq said he was satisfied with India's support to the resolution.

This has upheld India's considered, principled and independent stand on Palestine, he said in a statement.

"I thank all countries that voted to support the resolution. The move to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital was arbitrary, unjust and baseless and defied history and tenets of justice," Farooq said.

He said that no such steps should be allowed that would hamper peace and stability in the Middle East and deprive the people of Palestine of their rights. "India has traditionally and consistently considered East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and India's support to the UNGA resolution re-affirms that stand and commitment," Farooq said.

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