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Lobbying up for India’s UNGA vote on Jerusalem

International lobbying has intensified to get India on board for the session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) of Thursday where the biggest platform of the U.N. is likely to adopt a resolution in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The meeting of the UNGA comes against the backdrop of a similar meeting of the Arab League, which has asked for reversing of the decision even as Indian diplomats have indicated that they would maintain that third parties do not decide Indian “foreign policy postures”.

“We have met with Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar 10 days ago to discuss the U.S. decision and the Indian position in support of the Palestinian case and the peace process,” said a senior Arab diplomat indicating that a diplomatic team representing the Arab concerns held consultation with the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday. However, there was no indication from the MEA if India would support either party.

“Third parties don’t decide our foreign policy postures. For us this is all par for the course,” said a senior official to a question on whether India would vote with the Arab countries or support Mr. Trump’s decision. The draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem to be presented on Thursday expresses deep “regret” on the U.S.’ stated position and calls for “the final status of Jerusalem to be resolved through negotiations”. A similar resolution was vetoed by the U.S. at the UN Security Council though the U.S. found itself isolated with all other members voting in favour.