India Slams Israel for Attacks against Palestinian Targets

Published December 10th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh on Monday criticized Israel for its attacks against Palestinian security targets, including the offices of Yasser Arafat, and called for peaceful dialogue. 

"India condemns acts of terrorism and violence. Air strikes on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters are unacceptable," Singh told parliament. 

He said India was in touch with leaders of both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to impress upon them the need for peaceful dialogue. 

Leaders from both sides had responded positively to India's suggestions, Singh said. 

India, which treated Israel as a pariah state for decades, established diplomatic links with the Jewish state in 1992. 

The two countries have developed friendly and wide-ranging contacts on a series of issues including military ties and anti-terrorism cooperation. 

Arafat has enjoyed close and warm ties with successive Indian leaders including Indira Gandhi, her son Rajiv Gandhi and present prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee -- AFP

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