Reacting to US President Trump‘s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, India said on Thursday that its position on Palestine was shaped by its views and interests “and not determined by any third country.” “India’s position on Palestine is independent and consistent,” said the ministry of external affairs spokesperson.

New Delhi was guarded in its reaction as it didn’t mention India’s traditional formulation of East Jerusalem as the future capital of the Palestinian state. In the past though, the Narendra Modi government has underlined the significance of East Jerusalem for Palestine.

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The India-Arab Manama Declaration last year called for the “implementation of the two-state principle on the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestine State with East Jerusalem as its capital, living in peace side by side with the State of Israel on the 1967 borders, within secure and recognized boundaries”. This has been India’s stated position over the years.