Abrogation of Article 370 is India’s internal matter and Delhi will not discuss it at United Nations, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. "We have a lot of issues like development, climate change, etc. Terrorism is one of them... India will raise this issue at an international platform," Gokhale said while replying to a question by News Nation on Article 370.
The development comes a day after the European Union Parliament called on India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue bilaterally. This is the second time since 2008 that the European Parliament General Assembly has discussed the issue.
Tensions are high between India and Pakistan after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories on August 5.
Meanwhile, Gokhale announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s schedule during his visit to the United States from September 21-27. The PM will meet President Donald Trump and address the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.
PM Modi is scheduled to arrive in Houston on Saturday.
A day later, Trump would join him in addressing the mega 'Howdy Modi' rally, to be attended by the members of the Indian-American community.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a visit to the US from the late afternoon of 21 September until the forenoon of 27 September. And the two cities on his itinerary are Houston in Texas and then New York," Gokhale said.
The prime minister will address the UN General Assembly session on the morning of September 27, he said.
As the world commemorates Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, Modi will also host a special event 'Leadership Matters: Relevance of Gandhi in the Contemporary World' on September 24. He will be joined leaders of a few countries at this event.