Wednesday, 13 November 2019

India, Pakistan should resolve Kashmir issue bilaterally: Boris Johnson

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LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday said that India and Pakistan must resolve the Kashmir issue between themselves.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in a phone call.

Spokeswoman for his Downing Street office said that PM Johnson made clear that the UK views the issue of Kashmir as one for India and Pakistan to resolve bilaterally.

“He underlined the importance of resolving issues through dialogue,” the spokesperson added.

Johnson “made clear that the UK views the issue of Kashmir as one for India and Pakistan to resolve bilaterally. He underlined the importance of resolving issues through dialogue,” a spokeswoman for his Downing Street office said.

But in a further sign of the international concern about the situation, officials in France said that President Emmanuel Macron would bring up Kashmir with Modi when the two meet in Paris ahead of the G7 summit.

In justifying the scrapping of Kashmir s autonomy, Modi said last week that “fresh thinking” was needed after decades of bloodshed in Kashmir. But his decision provoked a widespread backlash and there have been several rallies in the regional capital Srinagar attracting thousands of demonstrators.

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