J&K integral part of India: MEA

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/10/2019 4:34:56 AM

‘No country can comment on our internal affairs’

NEW DELHI, Oct 9: India on Wednesday asserted that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and no country can make any comment on the same.
In response to a query from media on reference to Kashmir in the informal meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan PM Imran Khan, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “We have seen the report regarding meeting of Chinese President Xi Jinping with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan which also refers to their discussions on Kashmir.”
He further said, “India’s position has been consistent and clear that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India. China is well aware of our position.”
The reaction came after the Chinese state media quoted Xi as telling Khan during the meeting that China has been “observing” the situation in Kashmir and hoped that the “relevant parties” can solve the issue through peaceful dialogue.
“We have seen the report regarding meeting of Xi with Khan which also refers to their discussions on Kashmir. India's position has been consistent and clear that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India. China is well aware of our position. It is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India," said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
Xi, who is scheduled to hold the second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, assured Khan during a meeting that the friendship between China and Pakistan is “unbreakable and rock-solid” despite changes in the international and regional situation.
India and Pakistan have been locked in a war of words since the Modi government scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh.
In protest, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria and also suspended trade ties. It also sought to internationalise the issue by raising it at the United Nations but did not get much support.
However, ahead of the Modi-Xi meet, China changed its tune and said India and Pakistan should resolve the issue bilaterally.

 

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