Kashmir issue has now become more of an international topic rather than limiting to just India and Pakistan. Recently, French President Emmanuel Macron reflected his opinion on the same.
Macron said that India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and no external power or third party soul “interfere or intice”. This came after the French President and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had a marathon one-on-one talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi which extended up to 90 minutes. The French Prez made this statement on Thursday.
The meeting took place at the Chateau de Chantilly which is one of the finest jewels of French cultural heritage and is located about 50 km north of Paris. The entire gamut of the dynamic and multi-faceted bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan were discussed by the two leaders during this meeting.
Delegation-level talks followed this interaction which was then followed by the two countries signing for the MoUs.
President Macron addressed the Press after the talk and said that PM Modi briefed him about the recent decision on Jammu and Kashmir taken by India and that it is in their sovereignty. Macron said, “I told him that India and Pakistan will have to find a solution to the issue and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region,”
The French President also added, “I will also speak to Pakistan Prime Minister after a few days and tell him that the talks should be held bilaterally,”
Macron also asserted that peace should be maintained in the region while also protecting the peoples’ rights. It was also stated that France will deliver 1st of the 36 Rafale fighter jets to India next month.
After Macron, PM Modi also said that India-France relationship is not based on any selfishness rather purely on the foundations and concept of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity”. He also extended his views on countering terrorism internationally and extending the security. He said that India and France will come into cooperation in counter terrorism and security.
“Both our countries are constantly facing terrorism. We thank President Macron for the valuable support that France has received in combating cross-border terrorism. We intend to broaden cooperation on security and counter-terrorism,” said PM Modi