India expresses concern over Al-Aqsa repairs
Palestine-India, Politics, 2/21/2007
"India noted with concern about the possible consequences of the repair activities in the Al Maghreba section of the wall of the Old City of Jerusalem, housing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other protected monuments," Indian Foreign Ministry's statement said quoting its official spokesperson Navtej Sarna.
The Old City of Jerusalem including the excavation site are places of great spiritual significance to the followers of the three monotheistic religions.
"Peace, sanctity and spiritual heritage of this Holy City should be maintained. Any action that could be construed as affecting the sanctity of this World Heritage Site, which is the common heritage of all mankind should be avoided at all costs," Sarna said.
Meantime, India has always supported the establishment of a sovereign, independent, viable State of Palestine, within well-defined and recognized borders, living side by side at peace with the state of Israel, through a negotiated solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and in keeping with relevant UN resolution, Sarna said.
While commenting on the recent agreement in Mecca between the Palestinian factions of Al-Fatah and Hamas for the formation of the 'National Unity Government in Palestine' Sarna said in this context, India has noted the efforts underway towards formation of such government, in expectation of a resumption of dialogue on the Israel-Palestine track.
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