Pakistan PM Imran Khan dials French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss Kashmir

Islamabad, PTI | Updated : 28 August 2019, 11:12 PM
Imran Khan (Image: PTI)
Imran Khan (Image: PTI)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday held a telephonic conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron and briefed him on the situation in Kashmir. Khan told Macron that the actions taken by India "posed a grave risk for peace and security" in the region, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. His move comes days after President Macron said that India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and no third party should "interfere or incite" violence in the region.

"I will also speak to Pakistan Prime Minister after a few days and tell him that the talks should be held bilaterally," Macron said in a joint press statement after his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

On Wednesday, President Macron told Khan to resolve all outstanding issues "through peaceful means," the statement said. Separately, Khan called King Abdullah of Jordan and discussed the situation in Kashmir.

King Adbullah called for de-escalation of the situation and stressed for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute through dialogue.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote another letter to the President of the UN Security Council to highlight the developments in Kashmir.

The Foreign Office said that Qureshi referring to the Security Council meeting of August 16 reiterated Pakistan's concerns about "India's irresponsible and belligerent rhetoric on the nuclear issue".

The rare closed-door consultations on Kashmir by the Security Council on August 16 ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Qureshi underscored Pakistan's readiness to cooperate in every possible way with the Security Council, the Secretary General and the world community to promote a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue, the FO said. 

First Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 11:12 PM

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