India to send second batch of drugs to Palestine as part of Covid-19 assistance
Noting that the impact of the pandemic on the people of Gaza has been particularly severe due to the fragile health infrastructure, India on Saturday assured Palestine to provide the second batch of drugs and also to facilitate a rapid supply. vaccine to Palestine as COVID-19 assistance, Nagaraj Naidu, ambassador and deputy permanent representative of the Indian mission to the UNSC, said on Saturday.
“We are sending the second batch of medicine as a grant to the Palestinian people in the coming weeks. We will also facilitate a rapid supply of vaccines to Palestine,” he told the UN.
“The impact of the pandemic on the people of Gaza has been particularly severe due to the fragile health infrastructure. We note that COVID19 vaccines are being made available to the people of Palestine, including Gaza, ”Naidu added.
Affirming India’s vital role in equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine around the world, he said: “India strongly believes that equity of access to vaccines across the world is important to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. India had previously provided essential drugs and medical supplies to Palestine as COVID19 assistance. “
India also reaffirmed its support for the Palestinian cause. “India reaffirms its support for the Palestinian cause and for the establishment of a sovereign, viable and independent State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with Israel. We firmly believe that only a two-state solution will bring the lasting peace that the people Israel and Palestine want and deserve. This should be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties on final status issues. Both parties must avoid any unilateral action that could prejudice these final status issues, ”said the Deputy Permanent Representative.
He also praised the efforts of the Quartet and the Munich Group to launch the stalled peace talks, “recent diplomatic efforts to relaunch stalled peace talks are encouraging, the Quartet’s special envoys meeting is timely. appointed, we urge Quart to engage with the Israelis and the Palestinian leadership. In this regard, we also appreciate the recent awareness of the Munich Group. “
The Quartet includes the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia. It was formed in 2002 to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The Munich Group refers to a group of foreign ministers from Egypt, Jordan, France and Germany to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. It was formed in February 2020.
“India welcomes all efforts aimed at strengthening the collective commitment of the international community to resume direct negotiations and facilitate the peace process,” the ambassador said.
He said: “We recognize Egypt’s efforts to facilitate this agreement. The high percentage of Palestinians who have registered to vote in the elections reflects the state’s desire to participate in the democratic process.
“We are pleased to note that preparations for the Palestinian elections are advancing. The Cairo Agreement between the Palestinian parties on the conduct of parliamentary and presidential elections to respect the electoral calendar accepts the results of the elections and other elections – related arrangements is a positive step in the right direction. The commitment by all parties to release political detainees will also help build trust between them, “he added.
In addition, Naidu expressed his joy at the opening of the Rafah border post. “The opening of the Rafah border post is an important development that will improve the humanitarian health situation in Gaza. The recent announcements regarding the gas pipeline to Gaza are encouraging,” the ambassador said.
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