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Watch: Indian envoy to the UN shakes a ‘friendship’ hand with Pak journalist

Washington | Indian Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin at a media briefing made a gesture of friendship with the Pakistani journalists by shaking his hands with them.

The media briefing was held after the UNSC closed-door meeting to discuss India’s move to end special status for Jammu and Kashmir.

India had said that the country’s national position was and remains that matters related to Kashmir are “entirely an internal matter”.

Syed Akbaruddin asked three journalists to ask him questions.

“When will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan?” one of the Pakistani journalists asked him.

He responded by saying, “Let me begin by coming across to you and shaking your hands.”

He went to the journalist to shake hands with him and went on to shake hands with the other ones too.

“Let me tell you, we’ve already extended our hand of friendship by saying we are committed to the Simla Agreement. Let us wait for a response on that from the Pakistani side,” Mr Akbaruddin added, walking back to his place.

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