Amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Union Minister Hardeep Puri of India has reiterated the country's stance, describing it as 'constructive'. This approach, a hallmark of India's foreign policy in the Middle East, emphasizes balanced diplomacy, advocacy for peace, and support for dialogue and negotiations. In specific circumstances, it may also involve abstaining from votes in international forums that necessitate taking a side. The ultimate objective is to foster peace and stability in the region, while also safeguarding India's strategic interests and relationships with both Israel and Palestine.
Extension of the Truce
Significantly, the truce between Israel and Hamas has been extended by two days. This has been accompanied by the ongoing release of hostages, a critical step towards ensuing peace. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has welcomed this development, which has been facilitated through international mediation efforts, with Qatar playing a pivotal role.
International Mediation Efforts
Adding to the diplomatic efforts, the CIA director and head of Israel’s Mossad have met with Qatari prime minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani to discuss a potential deal to extend the truce. As the primary negotiator between Israel and Hamas, Qatar's involvement is crucial for the continuation of the ceasefire.
Humanitarian Aid to Gaza
In light of the ongoing hostilities, humanitarian aid is being dispatched to Gaza. Concurrently, the US has urged Israel to employ greater precision in its operations in Gaza, in a bid to prevent further displacement of Palestinian civilians. This appeal underscores the international community's concern about the human cost of the conflict.