France presses India to opt for dialogue in Kashmir crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron walks after a meeting with Britain’s Prime at The Elysee Palace in Paris on Aug. 22, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 23 August 2019

France presses India to opt for dialogue in Kashmir crisis

  • Emmanuel Macron stressed India and Pakistan to avoid escalation
  • On Aug. 5, India downgraded the autonomy of Muslim-majority Kashmir and put the disputed region under security lockdown

HANTILLY, France: French President Emmanuel Macron has met with India’s prime minister, discussing climate and other concerns ahead of the G-7 summit but also pressing for dialogue with Pakistan over the crisis in Kashmir.
The meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of a marathon day of diplomacy for Macron, who is touching base with key countries before the weekend summit in Biarritz. Modi will be a special guest there.
Macron met earlier Thursday with new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Greece’s prime minister.
Macron said he stressed the need for India and Pakistan to resolve differences bilaterally and avoid an escalation.
On Aug. 5, Modi downgraded the autonomy of Muslim-majority Kashmir and sent thousands of troops to the region.
Modi made no mention of Kashmir in his statement.


Japan’s Abe says he will meet Iran’s Rouhani this month in NY

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Japan’s Abe says he will meet Iran’s Rouhani this month in NY

  • Abe added that he would travel to Belgium after the UNGA session
  • He is also meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the end of the month, as regional tensions rise in the Middle East after the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, public broadcaster NHK said.
It was during a meeting with members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that Abe repeated his intention of speaking with Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, according to NHK.
Abe added that he would travel to Belgium after the UNGA session and meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, NHK said.