Why 2018 has been a good year for India’s relationship with the Middle East


Earlier this month, India abstained from voting on a US-sponsored UN General Assembly (UNGA) draft resolution “Activities of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza” that would have condemned, for the first time, the activities of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza.

The resolution could not be adopted as it couldn’t muster two-thirds support in the UNGA, getting 87 votes in favour and 58 against with 32 abstentions. India was among the 32 countries that abstained from voting on the resolution.

No stand taken

US Permanent Representative to the UP, Nikki Haley, pushed for this resolution and ideally, she would have liked to depart from her position at the UP with a victory on this resolution. But that was not to be though she was right to underscore the hypocrisy of the UNGA when she said that despite more than 500 General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel, not one condemning Hamas has ever been adopted.

Haley has been a strong supporter of Israel at the UP but could not get the first ever anti-Hamas resolution she so coveted. Read More

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