Prime Minister Narendra Modi while speaking to the world leaders at the G20 Leaders Summit, addressed the Israel-Hamas conflict. Israel-Hamas conflict that began in October has led to large-scale violence and damage to human life, loss of lives, homes, strained prices, especially oil and commodity shortage and unrest in the region.
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Narendra Modi Adressess Israel-Hamas Conflict
The Summit was arranged to discuss the goals that were set in the annual G20 summit that was held in New Delhi earlier this year, and to review the progress of the objectives. PM Modi stated that the leaders had come together to discuss solutions to major global issues. He said “Disruptions and security-related issues in West Asia are a matter of apprehension for all of us”.
He further added “We acknowledge that terrorism is not tolerable. Death of civilians anywhere is unfortunate”.
While the conflict is presently confined to Israel and Gaza Strip, chances present that it could soon spread through the entire Middle East region, according to research presented by the Global Trade Research Initiative (GTRI). The conflict could also thwart the possibility of a peace agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which is an anchor for the IMEEC framework that plans to link India, Europe and Middle-East through railway and shipping links.
During his speech Narendra Modi expressed his concerns of the global south that need to be prioritised. Global South centres the development of the less developed countries who experience challenging conditions collating to the advanced countries. He urged the leaders of the twenty big economies, stating that it is necessary to ensure that the Israel-Hamas conflict does not spread into wider disruptions as insecurity and uncertainty in West Asia is highly concerning.
“The situation of insecurity and instability in the West Asian region is a matter of apprehension for all of us”, Modi said. “It is crucial to ensure that the Israel-Hamas conflict does not become any form of a regional conflict”.
India has fostered strong ties with Israel since the 1990s, while maintaining long standing relationships with Arab nations for substantial oil imports to support its growing economy. In navigating the Israel-Hamas conflict, New Delhi aims to strike a balance, refraining from blaming Russia for the Ukraine war and emphasising the importance of resolving conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy.
Narendra Modi expressed that G-20 leaders arrived at a seven-point concord on the Hamas-Israel conflict, stressing the importance of a two-state solution. He expressed hope that the ongoing conflict would not escalate into a regional crisis.