India, Pak can resolve Kashmir bilaterally: Macron

India, Pak can resolve Kashmir bilaterally: Macron

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Paris, Aug 23: In his international outreach to Europe and the Gulf amid immense tension between India and Pakistan on Kashmir situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday received a major support when France backed his government's stance that Kashmir situation could be resolved only bilaterally between India and Pakistan. "Prime Minister Modi told me everything about Kashmir and the situation in J&K during our talks. I said Pakistan and India will have to find a solution together and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region," French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters after holding bilateral talks with PM Modi at the historic Château de Chantilly - about 60 km from Paris.

"Mr Modi told me about the recent decision taken by India and that it is in their sovereignty," President Macron said. In his remarks, PM Modi thanked President Macron and said that France has always stood by India in in its crusade against cross border terrorism. Mr Macron's remarks would be a setback for Pakistan and especially Prime Minister Imran Khan who has been desperately trying to internationalise Kashmir - especially after the Modi government abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

Recently, Prime Minister Modi held tele talks with the US President Donald Trump and flayed Imran Khan without naming him. Mr Modi told the US President - "that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace".UNI