TS Tirumurti, Indian Ambassador to the United Nations (File Photo)
TS Tirumurti, Indian Ambassador to the United Nations (File Photo)

Developments in Arab world shaped our common history, says TS Tirumurti

ANI | Updated: Jan 19, 2021 01:39 IST


New York [US], January 18 (ANI): Noting the importance of ties between India and the Arab world, TS Tirumurti, Ambassador of India to the United Nations on Monday said that owing to its strategic location, developments in the Arab world have shaped our common history and continue to have a profound impact globally.
"The Arab world has been the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of three major religions. Given its strategic location, developments in the Arab world have shaped our common history and continue to have a profound impact globally. The challenges that the region is confronting today and how we address them collectively will have a bearing on our collective future," said Tirumurti at the Security Council briefing on 'Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organisations: League of Arab States'.
Both India and the Arab world share a civilizational relationship and New Delhi's interaction with the region encompasses every aspect of human endeavour, said UN envoy. "India and the Arab world share a civilizational relationship and our interaction with the region encompasses every aspect of human endeavour-- from agriculture to hi-tech, from clean energy to counterterrorism, and from education to trade and commerce," Tirumurti added.
Noting that the peace and stability in West Asia are vital for India, he said, "Arab countries are host to around nine million Indians, the largest expat community in the Arab world. Their contributions to the economies of host countries and nation-building efforts are greatly appreciated by both the people and the governments of these countries. Indians from the Arab world remit around USD 48 billion to India annually."
He further expressed gratitude for Arab countries for their cooperation for Vande Bharat Mission during Covid-19 imposed travel restrictions.
"I would like to take this opportunity to express Government of India's gratitude for the assistance extended by Arab countries for Vande Bharat Mission, the largest repatriation exercise undertaken by India and probably anywhere in the world during Covid-19 imposed travel restrictions."
"Our excellent bilateral relations with the Arab world are also reflected in our institutional engagement under the framework of the Arab-India Cooperation Forum. The third Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) of this Forum took place virtually earlier this month, and we look forward to hosting the next meeting in India," he added.
On the issues affecting the Arab world, the Indian envoy said, "Attempts to delegitimize government and to impose external solutions have moved them away from negotiations, made them skeptical of the political process. Such an approach embolden the regional players to support respective sides, both politically and militarily. The proxies, propped by their mentors, also aspire for a political role without much support on the ground."
"The presence of foreign terrorist fighters in countries facing conflicts posing serious challenges to ongoing int efforts. These fighters have become enablers of attacks carried out by terror groups such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS, undermining efforts to counter-terrorism. They are radicalising the youth," he said.
Speaking on the recent developments in the Arab States, he said, "Recent months have witnessed positive developments, including the signing of the Abraham Accords. India has always supported the Palestinian issue and peace and stability in West Asia which is our extended neighborhood."
"We also continue to maintain our traditional support for the Palestinian cause. A two-state solution and lasting peace can be achieved only through direct negotiations between the two parties on all final status issues, taking into account the legitimate aspirations of Palestinians for Statehood and Israel's security concerns."
In conclusion, support closer and meaningful cooperation between the UN and the League of Arab States that will benefit the region immensely, he added.
"India will continue to partner with the Arab countries in their efforts to achieve peace, stability and prosperity and will work together with the League of Arab States in their pursuit of regional peace and security, in combating terrorism and other challenges and in promoting tolerance and pluralistic traditions," he said. (ANI)

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