National Conference President and Member of Parliament, Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Friday welcomed the passage of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution opposing the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States. Expressing gratitude to all the 128 countries that voted in favour of the resolution declaring the US move on Jerusalem as “null and void”, the National Conference President also expressed satisfaction at India’s support to the resolution and said this had upheld India’s considered, principled and independent stand on Palestine.“I thank all countries that voted to support the resolution. The move to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States was an arbitrary, unjust and baseless move that defied history and tenets of justice. India, by voting in support of the resolution along with other countries, has upheld its considered and principled stand on Palestine”, the NC President said in a statement issued from National Conference Headquarters ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ on Friday.
The National Conference President said 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”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah added. (CNS)