Jerusalem24 – India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, K Nagaraj Naidu, said on Friday that his country was working towards making COVID-19 vaccines available to the people of Palestine, including in the Gaza Strip.
“The pandemic’s impact on the people of Gaza has been particularly severe due to its fragile healthcare infrastructure. We note that Covid-19 vaccines are being made available to people of Palestine, including in Gaza,” Naidu told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting.
Ambassador Naidu also said that India has been helping Palestine with healthcare equipment, medicines as well as COVID-19 vaccines from the beginning of the pandemic. He said, “India strongly believes that equitable access to vaccines across the world is important for mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. India had earlier provided critical medicines & medical equipment to Palestine as assistance during the pandemic.”
In the meantime, Naidu reaffirmed the New Delhi’s unswerving support to the Palestinian cause and the establishment of a sovereign, viable and independent State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security with Israel.
He described the recent diplomatic efforts to revive the stalled peace talks as encouraging and added that the meeting of the Quartet’s Special Envoys is timely, and urged the Quartet to initiate engagement with the Palestinian and Israeli leaderships.