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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 
media. 

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 
year. 

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. 



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