Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi held a crucial discussion on Monday, focusing on the Israel-Hamas conflict in the Middle East. Both leaders emphasized the urgent need to prevent further escalation and work towards the swift restoration of peace and stability in the region. This development comes as part of New Delhi’s continued efforts to engage with key players in West Asia.
The Israel-Hamas conflict was ignited on October 7th following terrorist attacks by Hamas. Prime Minister Modi has been actively engaging with several influential regional leaders, underlining India’s strong condemnation of all forms of terrorism and its unwavering support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine issue.
In a social media post after their phone conversation, Prime Minister Modi expressed his appreciation for the exchange of perspectives with President Ebrahim Raisi. “Terrorist incidents, violence, and the tragic loss of civilian lives are grave concerns. Preventing further escalation, ensuring the continuous flow of humanitarian aid, and achieving an early return to peace and stability are of paramount importance,” Modi stated.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs issued a readout of the conversation, highlighting Prime Minister Modi’s deep concern about the terrorist incidents, violence, and civilian casualties in the region. Modi reaffirmed India’s consistent and long-standing position on the Israel-Palestine issue, while President Raisi shared his assessment of the situation.
Both leaders reiterated the critical need to prevent escalation, ensure humanitarian assistance continues, and work towards an early restoration of peace and stability in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
In addition to discussing the situation in West Asia, the two leaders also reviewed the progress of multifaceted cooperation between India and Iran. They welcomed the focus and priority given to the Chabahar port in Iran, recognizing its significance in improving regional connectivity. The readout underlined the mutual interest both nations share in promoting regional peace, security, and stability.
Prime Minister Modi’s conversation with President Raisi followed a call by India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. In a separate social media post, Jaishankar mentioned that they discussed the “grave situation in West Asia” and the concerns of the international community. He emphasized the importance of preventing further escalation in the region and providing necessary humanitarian support.
These diplomatic efforts underscore India’s commitment to promoting peace and stability in West Asia and its dedication to resolving the Israel-Hamas conflict through peaceful means.