On Eve of State Visit to Israel, India's Modi Reaffirms Commitment to Two-state Solution

Modi tells 'Israel Hayom' Israel and India 'see eye-to-eye' with regard to fighting terrorism, moving of embassy to Jerusalem will only be discussed once deal with Palestinians is reached

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Narendra Modi. His visit to Israel next week will be the first ever for an Indian prime minister.Credit: Shailesh Andrade/Reuters

On the eve of his historic state visit to Israel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced his support for the two-state solution in remarks to an Israeli daily.

"I believe in a two-state solution, in which Israel and the future Palestinian state exist peacefully side by side," Modi told "Israel Hayom" Editor-in-Chief Boaz Bismuth. "A final agreement must recognize the feelings and demands of all sides involved. The key to finding the solution to this issue in in the hands of the parties. India supports all efforts to find an agreed upon solution to all issues including Jerusalem."

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When asked whether India would move its embassy to Jerusalem, Modi answered "We will only make a decision regarding to its move once both sides come to an agreement on Jerusalem."

With regard to fighting terrorism, Modi said "One cannot let people who want to commit violent acts against innocent people flourish, and India and Israel see eye-to-eye on this."

Modi will arrive in Israel on Tuesday for a two-day visit, the first by an Indian leader since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in the 1990s. A Hindu nationalist, conservative and believer in free markets, he enjoys unprecedented popularity at home, and many say he is all but destined to be reelected in 2019.