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France says Jammu and Kashmir a “bilateral issue”

Islamabad | France on Wednesday has termed Jammu and Kashmir a “bilateral” issue, in a conversation with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Kashmir came up during a phone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

During the conversation, Jean-Yves Le Drian recalled France’s constant position on Kashmir saying “it is up to the two countries, under the framework of their bilateral political dialogue, to resolve this issue so as to establish lasting peace,” according to a French ministry spokesperson.

This comes amid increasing tensions between the two countries, after Centre revoked Article 370 from the state.

Pakistan has strongly criticised the move and hoped for the UNSC to intervene. However, no conclusion came out of the closed-door meeting and now, Pakistan has said it would move the ICJ over the abrogation of special status in J&K.

“An in-principle decision has been taken to take the issue of Kashmir to the International Court of Justice,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told their news channel.

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