MODI AND I HAVE DISCUSSED KASHMIR, WILL TELL IMRAN TO SETTLE IT BILATERALLY: FRENCH'S MACRO
23 August 2019
Echoing the Indian line on Jammu and Kashmir, French President Emmanuel
Macron Thursday said that India and Pakistan should resolve the issue
bilaterally, and that no outside interference was needed.
At a joint press conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reached
France Thursday, Macron said that he would also convey to Pakistan Prime
Minister Imran Khan that the issue should be resolved bilaterally.
Macron said that he had discussed Kashmir with Modi, and called for
stability while stressing that no one should incite violence over this
issue. He also called for the rights of people to be maintained. Prime
Minister Modi, however, did not refer to Kashmir in his statement to the
In a separate joint statement, Macron endorsed Modi's call for a global
conference on terrorism. Modi had first proposed a conference on terrorism
during his visit to the Maldives three months ago.
Macron's endorsement was one of the major takeaways from a joint statement
by the two sides that outlined a number of bilateral measures, including
forward movement on delivery of the first Rafale combat aircraft from this
France also supported India's view of holding timely Presidential elections
in Afghanistan, putting an end to terrorist safe havens and preservation of
human rights, including women's rights.
The joint statement also included a "roadmap on cybersecurity and digital
technology", techno-commercial offers for constructing six nuclear power
reactors in Jaitapur, and a space surveillance for "joint maritime domain
awareness mission" in the Indo-Pacific.