Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides ….reports Asian Lite News
Ahead of Pakistan raking up the Kashmir issue at the European Parliament on Monday, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini and conveyed that India is open to discussing “other outstanding issues bilaterally with Pakistan” in an atmosphere free of terror and violence.
“Glad to meet EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security @FedericaMog again. Discussed various aspects of India- EU cooperation and the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
“Underlined India’s openness to discuss other outstanding issues bilaterally with Pakistan in an atmosphere free of terror and violence,” Jaishankar tweeted.
The European Parliament will discuss Kashmir issue in its upcoming session on September 2. The Parliament which will resume after a recess of six weeks has requested the European External Action Service (Foreign Ministry of European Union) to submit a full report consisting of “violation of human rights and international law”.
“Azad Jammu and Kashmir” Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan will be present at the European Parliament when it will discuss the issue, according to a media report.
Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar also met the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and discussed with him India’s development plans for Kashmir after revoking of special status and dividing the state into two centrally-governed union territories.
“A good meeting with EU Commissioner @StylianidesEU. Discussed our perspectives on Afghanistan and Iran. Shared our perspective on better governance and greater development in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh,” he tweeted.
Later, Jaishankar also held a meeting with the Belgium Deputy PM and Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders, who is tipped by the Belgium government to be its next European commissioner.
“A warm reception by Belgian Dy. PM and FM @dreynders. Appreciate his high regard for India and commitment to building our bilateral relations.
“Shared our perspective on better governance and greater development in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Emphasized the need to renounce hostility, terror and violence by Pakistan to build normal neighbourly relations,” he said.