Iran Calls for Talks To Resolve Kashmir Issue

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz) (gl)

Iran for dialogue between India, Pak to resolve tensions….reports Asian Lite News

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz) (gl)

Iran said it is closely following the Indian government’s decision regarding Jammu and Kashmir, and added that it expects New Delhi and Islamabad to adopt peaceful means and dialogue to “protect the interests of regional people”.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is closely following up on the Indian government’s latest decisions regarding Jammu and Kashmir as well as the explanations provided by Indian and Pakistani officials on the developments unfolding in the region,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a Wednesday statement.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran expects India and Pakistan – as its regional friends and partners – to adopt peaceful methods and dialogue to take effective steps in order to protect the interests of regional people,” he added, reported Ary News.

Iran’s reaction comes after India revoked special status for Jammu and Kashmir, and hived off Ladakh into a separate unit. Pakistan has protested the move and expelled the Indian envoy in Islamabad, and suspended trade ties.

China’s stance

BEIJING, April 27, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan while welcoming foreign leaders and heads of international organizations attending the leaders' roundtable meeting of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center in Beijing, capital of China, April 27, 2019. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin/IANS) by .
Chinese President Xi Jinping with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

China’s Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing said that Jammu and Kashmir was an “internationally recognized disputed territory”, and criticised the Indian government for unilaterally revoking its special status.

Yao, speaking to journalists, also stressed on the need for compliance with international laws and hoped that both Pakistan and India would “take a suitable decision for the betterment of the Kashmiri people”, Ary News reported.

Yao said that de-escalating tension between Islamabad and New Delhi would be beneficial for the entire region.

He said that being a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China had special responsibilities in connection with restoration of peace and stability in the region.

The envoy was echoing what Beijing said on Tuesday.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Tuesday voiced “serious concern” over the Kashmir situation and stressed that Kashmir is “a legacy of history between India and Pakistan”. Beijing also said that New Delhi should avoid actions to “unilaterally change the status quo” of the state, and termed the decision to reorganise Ladakh as a union territory as “unacceptable”.

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