15 Apr 2024

Israel-Iran Conflict: S Jaishankar hold talks with his Iranian and Israeli counterparts; what is India’s stand on situation in West Asia

India's External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, has engaged in discussions with his Iranian and Israeli counterparts regarding the escalating situation in West Asia. This conversation occurred nearly a day following Iran's assault on Israel.

During his call with Iran's Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Jaishankar also addressed the issue of the release of 17 Indian crew members from a cargo ship seized by the Iranian military on Saturday.

"Spoke to Iranian FM. Took up the release of 17 Indian crew members of MSC Aries. Discussed the current situation in the region. Stressed the importance of avoiding escalation, exercising restraint and returning to diplomacy. Agreed to remain in touch," Jaishankar said on X.

In a separate post, he said, "Just concluded a conversation with Israel FM Israel Katz. Shared our concern at the developments yesterday. Discussed the larger regional situation. Agreed to stay in touch."

Iran initiated an unprecedented attack on Israel late Saturday, deploying over 300 drones and missiles, marking a significant escalation in the ongoing covert war between the two regional adversaries.

The Israeli military reported a 99 percent interception rate, successfully neutralizing 170 drones and 30 cruise missiles before they could reach Israeli territory. However, some of the 110 ballistic missiles managed to breach defenses, resulting in injuries to 12 individuals.

India's stand on the situation in West Asia

India's Ministry of external Affairs has said in a statement that we are seriously concerned at the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Iran which threatens the peace and security in the region.

We call for immediate de-escalation, exercise of restraint, stepping back from violence and return to the path of diplomacy.

We are closely monitoring the evolving situation. Our Embassies in the region are in close touch with Indian community, the statement said.

It is vital that security and stability are maintained in the region, the MEA statement added.

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