Indian FM’s Pre-Visit Statements Show Israel-Muslim World Balancing Act

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj‏

The Jerusalem Post reports: In advance of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to the region on Sunday, the Indian ministry issued two press releases this week showing the tight rope it is walking between flowering ties with Israel and not to wanting to alienate the Muslim world.

One statement issued on Tuesday announced her visit to the “State of Palestine” on January 17. Noting that this is Swaraj’s first visit to the West Asia region, the statement pointed out that “Palestine is the first destination in the region,” something that “reflects the importance India holds for Palestine in its engagement with the countries of the region.”

India came under scathing criticism from Palestinian officials last summer when on a couple of occasions it abstained at the UN on votes regarding Israel, rather than reflexively voting with the Palestinians and against Israel as it has done in the past.

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