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Jerusalem move: Ismail Haniyeh say US offered Abu Dis as alternate capital



Jerusalem move: Ismail Haniyeh say US offered Abu Dis as alternate capital

Asks to unite major Palestinian groups in national interest

The Trump’s Middle East plan is facing serious hurdles before its implementation. His recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital has triggered world-wide protests while Turkey and Malaysia have announced their intention of opening their missions in East Jerusalem as a mark of recognition of the city as capital of future State of Palestine.

Now Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, the chairman of Hamas Political Bureau who was first elected Prime Minister of Palestine (2006 to 2014), has said that the US had offered Abu Dis, a Jerusalem suburb to Palestinian Authority government as an alternative to East Jerusalem for establishing the capital of a future Palestinian state.

According to Aljazeera, Haniyeh was speaking at a meeting with Palestinian clan leaders in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. He labelled President Donald Trump’s recent Jerusalem move as a ploy to demolish the Palestinian cause in line with the so-called “deal of the century”.

“The US is still offering deals and continues to be on the side of the Palestinian Authority (PA) one way or another, in order to give them a capital or entity in the Abu Dis area, away from Jerusalem, with a bridge linking to al-Aqsa Mosque allowing for the freedom of prayer,” he said.

Haniyeh alleged that certain regional forces were seeking division of  the West Bank into three sections, which include creating a political entity in the Gaza Strip with its own controlling powers.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who hosted OIC emergency summit on December 12 in Istanbul, has announced to open its embassy in East Jerusalem and appealed other nations to open their missions in the city to recognise as future capital of state of Palestine. Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, has, on December 25, announced his government’s intention to open their embassy in East Jerusalem and recognize the city as the capital of Palestine.

On the other hand Israel Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has told a public radio station Reshet Bet on Tuesday that a number of countries were considering following Trump’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. She said that Israeli government is in talks “with more than 10 countries, but not many more” potentially planning to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Hamas is considered to be pro-Iran group seeking complete dismantling of Israel while Palestinian Authority President Mehmoud Abbas’ Fatah, which was earlier known as Palestinian Liberation Authority (PLO) is considered to be part of US-Israel plan seeking both Israel and Palestine to live together.

The government of the State of Palestine was split into two separate administrations. The Fatah-dominated Palestinian government of 2013 rules the West Bank areas A and B and is generally referred to as the Palestinian Authority. The Hamas government of 2012 was ruling the Gaza Strip. However, in September 2014 Hamas agreed to let the Palestinian Authority resume control over the Gaza Strip and its border crossings with Egypt and Israel.

Al Jazeera’s Wael al-Dahdouh based in Gaza City understands that Haniya cautioned local, regional and international players against working to implement US plan for the Middle East.

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a White Houser adviser, has been spearheading efforts to gauge the possibility of resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He is spearheading Trump’s Israel project which took him to Saudi Arabia last month.

This was followed by Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas visit to Riyadh when he was asked to accept US plan and sign the desired documents. Abu Dis was also offered as alternate capital for the future Palestine state.

The Palestinian leader Haniyeh said the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel introduces new risks that could affect the nature of the relationship between Palestine and Jordan.

He said that King Abdullah of Jordan, to whom he has spoken regarding alternative homeland for Palestinians and confederation between Jordan and Palestine, was supportive of the protests against Trump’s Jerusalem move.

While referring to the internal political issues between the two Palestinian groups, Fatah and Hamas, Haniya said that they need to be addressed quickly in order to devote it to major national issues.

He also emphasised on the need to faster implementation of the Egypt-brokered reconciliation agreement signed in October in Cairo by the two major groups.

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Watch: PM Modi poses for selfie with Italian PM Giorgia Meloni at COP28 climate summit in Dubai

Italian PM Giorgia Meloni captioned the post Good friends at COP28 with the hashtag melodi.The post has got 5,63,598 likes on Instagram.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a moment of delight at the COP28 climate action summit in Dubai as he posed for a selfie with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The 46 year old Italian leader posted the selfie with PM Modi on her Instagram handle. She captioned the post Good friends at COP28 with the hashtag melodi.

The post has got 5,63,598 likes on Instagram. Large number of comments started coming on the social media post. One user said the world is one family. One user said this is the photo of the decade and there is so much power in this picture. Earlier PM Modi met Meloni on the sidelines of COP28.

He said India and Italy are looking for a sustainable and prosperous future. The two nations shared friendly relations when the Italian prime minister visited New Delhi for the G20 summit. She was warmly received by PM modi and she shook hands with him. Both the leaders burst into laughter after a brief conversation. PM Modi shared took to X (formerly Twitter) and said he had an excellent meeting with PM  Giorgia Meloni. He said their talks covered sectors such as trade, commerce, defence, emerging technologies.

The Italian Prime minister had also wished PM Modi on his 73rd birthday on September 17. She took to X(formerly Twitter) and wrote Happy Birthday Narendra Modi. A friend committed to building the future and proud of the history of great nation close to Italy. In March Meloni made her maiden visit to India and praised PM Modi. She said he is the most loved one of all leaders around the world.

The Italian prime minister’s visit coincided with the 75th anniversary of the bilateral relationship between the two countries. PM Modi warmly welcomed Meloni and congratulated her for becoming the first woman and youngest prime minister of Italy.

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PM Modi proposes to host COP33 in India in 2028

The 28th conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations framework Convention on climate change (UNFCCC), refered as COP28, is currently taking place in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12.



Prime Minister Modi was addressing the COP28 climate summit in Dubai on Friday, he proposed hosting COP33 in India in 2028. PM Modi said  India is committed to UN framework for climate change process. That is why, from this stage, he proposed to host COP33 Summit in India in 2028.

The 28th conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations framework Convention on climate change (UNFCCC), refered as COP28, is currently taking place in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12.

As a special gesture by the UAE, PM Narendra Modi was given the honour of speaking at the Ceremonial opening of the summit, in which discussion will held on issues regarding climate change in the coming days. He said he announced one more pro planet, pro active and positive initiative- green credit initiative.

PM Modi said India’s goal is to bring down the emissions intensity by 45 % till 2030 and also said the country has decided to increase the share of non fossil fuel to 50%. He said India will keep going ahead towards the goal of net zero by 2070.

PM Modi will also attend three other high level events on the sidelines of the summit. Bilateral meetings with World Leaders like Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Israeli President Issac Herzog.

The COP28 conference brings together the heads of the state, climate activists, government ministers, scientists and other stake holders from all over the world so that discussion can take place and action can be taken on climate change. The key themes of the conference include slashing energy emissions before 2030 and fast tracking the energy transition, transforming climate finance, putting nature, lives, people and livelihood at the heart of climate action and mobilizing for more inclusive COP ever.

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US looks forward to seeing results, says Antony Blinken as India probes Pannu murder plot

White House spokesperson John Kirby earlier echoed Blinken’s remarks, but cushioned the statement by stressing the importance of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.



Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State on Thursday said that Washington takes very seriously the allegations that an Indian government official was involved in a foiled plot to murder Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil. Speaking to the media at Tel Aviv, the US top diplomat said that he couldn’t comment in detail on the matter as it was under judicial consideration, but welcomed the investigation launched by India into the alleged plot to kill Pannu.

He added that a number of them have raised this directly with the Indian government in past weeks. He mentioned that the Indian government announced that it was conducting an investigation, adding that it is good and appropriate, and that they look forward to seeing the results.

White House spokesperson John Kirby earlier echoed Blinken’s remarks, but cushioned the statement by stressing the importance of the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Addressing a press conference, he said that India remains a strategic partner, and they are going to continue to work to improve and strengthen that strategic partnership with India. He noted that at the same time, they take the aforesaid allegations and investigation very seriously.

John Kirby was responding to a question about the US Justice Department’s indictment of Indian citizen Nikhil Gupta, which accused him of working with an Indian government agency employee to hire a hitman to kill Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a US citizen and founder of the Khalistani outfit, Sikhs for Justice.

Kirby further acknowledged India’s responsiveness to the matter, stating that they are glad to see that India is also taking it seriously by announcing their own efforts to investigate this. He added that the US has been clear that they want to see anybody that’s responsible for these alleged crimes to be held properly accountable.

Meanwhile, India has already constituted an investigation team to probe the allegations relating to the foiled plot to kill Pannun. The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Thursday described it as a matter of concern and also contrary to government policy the US linking an Indian official to the man charged with the alleged conspiracy.

As per reports, Nikhil Gupta, 52, has been charged with two counts of murder-for-hire and conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire for allegedly participating in the Pannun murder plot. He can be sentenced to a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, if convicted.

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