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Israel backs India on Citizenship Amendment Act, says Modi govt’s move to amend the law is an internal matter

On the one hand, the European Parliament criticized the Citizenship Amendment Act and submitted draft resolutions on the subject of CAA. On the other hand, Israel has come in support of CAA.

India’s long-time ally, Israel has come forward to back the nation’s sovereign right to amend its citizenship laws and has stated that India had the right to do what it did by enacting the Citizenship Amendment Act and it was not for the European Parliament to comment on it.

The joint draft resolution submitted by the European Parliament stated that the CAA was “discriminatory in nature and dangerously divisive” and called for the repeal of the amendments “which violates India’s international obligations”.

“India as a sovereign nation has the right in enacting the CAA. It is not for the European Parliament to decide what India should or not do. India’s sovereignty is to be respected and she knows how to protect her people,” a senior Israel Diplomat in South India said.

Article 370 and CAA are the internal matters of India and the European Parliament has no right to intervene in the matter. India reserves the right to take the decision about its citizens, she added.

Targeting the European Parliament on CAA, Consul General of Israel to South India, Dana Kursh said that every country has the right to take the decision about its citizens.

“India has also taken such decision and EU has issues beyond these and no nation should act in any biased manner,” she said.

India has come forward to support Israel in such crises from other national, Kursh said. 

It is a major diplomatic victory for India that the European Parliament decided to postpone its voting on CAA until March. 

France also supported India on CAA, said that the amendment decision is an internal matter of India. It should be noted that both Russia and France are P-5 member nations of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

The Russian and French backing on Indian Parliament’s decision to green-light the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 comes after the Malaysian and Pakistani Prime Ministers (PMs) Mohamad Mahathir and Imran Khan tried to malign India on the same issues.

Written by Dharam Sikarwar

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