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Binoy Viswam wrote to the External Affairs Minister

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

I write to you seeking your intervention regarding the safety and security of

Indian citizens stranded in West Asian region amidst the ongoing conflict between

Israel and Hamas that has assumed very serious dimensions. It’s painful for Indians that

the Indian Government was quick in announcing support to Israel instead of ensuring

the safety of Indian citizens first.

As you are aware, there are thousands of Indian citizens in the region as workers,

small businessmen, students and tourists. A significant number of them are from the

state of Kerala. In the event of recent attacks and counterattacks by Israeli security

forces and Hamas, the lives of these Indian citizens are in danger. I request your

intervention in carrying out immediate evacuation process to safely rescue them from

the war-like situation. India’s historic ties with countries in West Asia and our

championing the cause of self-determination has earned a traditional goodwill for us.

India has had a history of successful rescue operations to ensure the safety of its citizens.

I believe that you will take up the matter with the seriousness it merits.

I also urge you to ensure that the Government stays committed to India’s

traditional stance of supporting the legitimate interests of Palestine for a life of dignity,

respect and human rights. India’s efforts on legitimate forums to ensure permanent

peace in the region by upholding relevant United Nations resolutions for the two-states

solution with pre-1967 borders and East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine will prove

valuable in ensuring lasting tranquillity in the region.

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