A DOZEN Arab ambassadors have asked India to clarify its position on the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capi­tal, diplomatic sources said, after New Delhi’s muted response suggested a shift in support for the Palestinian cause.

President Donald Trump abruptly re­versed decades of US policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump also plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Countries around the world, includ­ing US allies Britain and France, criti­cised Trump’s decision, but India did not take sides.

Instead, the Indian foreign ministry in a brief statement, said India’s position was consistent and independent of any third party. The statement made no ref­erence to Jerusalem and prompted criti­cism at home that it was insufficient, vague and anti-Palestinian.

Last week, envoys from Arab states including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Ku­wait based in New Delhi met Indian junior foreign minister MJ Akbar to brief the government about an Arab League meeting on December 9 condemning the US decision, a diplomatic and an In­dian government source said.

The envoys also sought a more forth­right Indian response, the sources said.

But Akbar gave no assurance and the Indian source said the government had no plans for a further articulation on Je­rusalem, which is at the heart of the Is­raeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel maintains that all of Jerusalem is its capital. Palestinians want East Jeru­salem as the capital of a future inde­pendent state and say Trump’s move has left them marginalised and jeopardised any hopes of a two-state solution.

India was one of the earliest and most vocal champions of the Palestinian cause during the days it was leading the Non-Aligned Movement while it quietly pursued ties with Israel.

But under prime minister Narendra Modi, New Delhi has moved to a more open relationship with Israel.