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Hyderabad organization to strive for better Indo-Arab relations
The Indo-Arab Islamic Association, a voluntary organization striving to strengthen relations between Indian and Arab Islamic countries, headed by a Congress member of Rajya Sabha KM Khan on 18 July said that it will launch a campaign to stem what he called the damage caused to the Indo-Arab relations by the certain remarks of the external affairs and home ministers during their recent visit to Israel.
Protesting against the statement of Jaswant Singh and LK Advani that nuclear cooperation was possible between India and Israel. KM Khan said that it had a potential to damage the historic and traditional friendship between India and the Arab world. Mr Khan said that his organization would hold meetings and seminars in major cities to express solidarity with the cause of Palestine and Arab world.
The Association also called upon the Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in Arab and Islamic countries to hold such meetings to express solidarity and fraternity with those countries.
He pointed out that ambassadors of Arab countries met in New Delhi last month and decided to seek clarifications from Foreign Secretary Lalit Mansingh. The assistant secretary general for political affairs in Arab League had also summoned India’s ambassador in Cairo and sought clarifications on Mr Advani’s statement about Indo-Israel nuclear ties.
Khan said the ‘irresponsible statements made by the Bharatiya Janata Party ministers may cause damage to India’s interests in Arab Islamic world.
He pointed out that more than 2.5 million Indians irrespective of their religion and caste were earning their livelihood in Gulf countries.
He said the majority of the 54 Islamic countries also supports Indian’s candidature for permanent seat in United Nations’ Security Council. On Mr Advani’s statement on closer Indo-Israel ties in defence, intelligence and other areas, he said the Association had apprehensions that Advani was trying to borrow techniques of torture practiced by the notorious Israeli intelligence service Mossad to target minorities in India. He termed as ‘false’ the statement of the two ministers that India could not establish full-fledged diplomatic relations with Israel as the previous Congress governments were following appeasement policies and were more bothered about Muslim votes.
He recalled that India did not establish relations with Israel as it was occupying forcibly Arab lands in West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and South Lebanon.
He said that very creation of Israel was in violation of United Nations General Assembly’s resolution 181 of 1948, which provided scope for creation of Arab State of Palestine and Jewish State.
‘The Security Council of UN in its resolutions 242, 338 and 425 had directed Israel to withdraw from occupied Arab lands including those in the east of Jerusalem. Israel was also guilty of violating 4th Geneva Convention, which prohibited any settlement in occupied Arab lands.
The UN General Assembly also condemned Israel for violation of human rights, Mr Khan said. He pointed out that Sri Lanka did not establish diplomatic relations with Israel even after India had established the relations. ‘Was the Sri Lankan Government also following the policy of appeasement?’ he asked.