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India ought to condemn Israel operations in Gaza; can play necessary position in area: Iranian Envoy

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Iran’s Ambassador to India Iraj Elahi.
| Photo Credit: The Hindu

India can play an necessary position in stopping Israel’s operations in Gaza, mentioned Iran’s Ambassador to India Iraj Elahi, including that Iran would additionally “welcome” any mediatory position by India to deliver peace and stability to the area.

Mr. Elahi mentioned Iran has stored India totally briefed about final week’s air assault on Israel, and mentioned its fundamental aims, to “deter Israel” and display the “possible costs of transgressing red lines”, had been achieved. The U.S. White House has described Iran’s assault, sending about 350 drones and missiles on Israeli targets on April 13, a “spectacular and embarrassing failure”, as greater than 90% have been intercepted by the US, Israel and Jordan.

“This is what Israel and Western countries say. But the reality is something else, and the Israeli regime understood what Iran’s missile capability is. Every operation has its own objective. The main objective of this operation was to deter Israel and to warn them of the dangerous consequences of their reckless deeds,” Mr. Elahi informed The Hindu in a written response to a query in regards to the US assertion. He mentioned the operations had “proven” that every one the “vital military bases” of the Israeli Defence Forces can be “easily accessible” if Iran determined to make use of “more developed weapons”.

Iran has mentioned its assaults have been a “legitimate” response to Israel’s bombing of the Iranian Embassy constructing in Damascus on April 1 that killed seven army advisors together with a senior Iranian normal, which Mr. Elahi mentioned was a violation of the Vienna Convention and different conventions on the safety for diplomats. The Ministry of External Affairs’ response to each Israel’s assault and Iran’s counterattack has been seen as impartial, with no direct condemnation of both nation however expressing critical issues in regards to the escalation of tensions within the area.

“I cannot speak for the Indian government. Each country has its own position in such situations. But what is certain is that attacking diplomatic places is prohibited according to international conventions,” Mr. Elahi mentioned. He mentioned India ought to condemn Israeli operations in Gaza in retaliation for the October 7 terror assaults by Hamas, that left greater than 1,200 Israelis lifeless, and dozens taken hostage. More than 35,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli operations since then, largely girls and youngsters.

“We believe that India can play a very important role in stopping” Israel operations in Gaza, Mr. Elahi mentioned, including that “the Indian government can play an active role in condemning these actions of Israel.” When requested whether or not India may play mediator within the area given its sturdy strategic ties with each Iran and Israel, the Iranian Ambassador mentioned his authorities would “welcome any action to reduce tension and establish peace and stability in the region”.

Israel’s Ambassador Naor Gilon has mentioned Iran’s assaults “cannot go unanswered”. “We have to make it clear to Iran that these are unacceptable, and our capabilities to retaliate are reasonable,” he informed varied information channels this week.

The Iranian Ambassador additionally mentioned bilateral cooperation with India over the Chabahar port mission, the place India operates a terminal, is “going well”, and promised that there can be “good news in this regard in the coming days”. When requested about India’s 2018 determination to cancel import of Iranian oil on account of U.S. sanctions, Mr. Elahi mentioned that as an oil exporter, Iran was able to promote to any nation. “If there is a request from the Indian government to buy oil, Iran will definitely welcome it,” he added.

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