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UN’s Jerusalem resolution: India says you will get to know which direction we vote

India said people should wait for the voting in the UN General Assembly to happen.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2017 22:27 IST
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People gather at the UN General Assembly, prior to a vote on December 21, 2017, on recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.(AP)

India did not reveal its position on Thursday on a resolution to be taken up at a UN General Assembly session regarding US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Lobbying has intensified ahead of the UNGA session which will deliberate on the resolution criticising Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.

“I think we should wait for the voting to happen. You will get to know in which direction we are going to vote,” ministry of external affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters following questions on India’s position on Jerusalem.

Kumar, however, did not respond to questions on the Trump administration threatening UN member countries with possible aid cut if they support the resolution.

“I do not think I should comment on it,” he said.

Kumar said envoys of Arab states had met minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar on December 11 on the issue.

“Basically the ambassadors expressed their reviews on the US policy of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And on our part MJ Akbar reiterated India’s position which was articulated by us a few days ago,” he said.

Reacting to the US’s announcement on Jerusalem, India had said its position on Palestine is independent, consistent 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,” the MEA spokesperson had said.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 22:25 IST