With the political unrest between India and Pakistan over Kashmir boiling to rise, France has said that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between the two countries and they should resolve it through political dialogue and refrain from taking steps which can infuriate any of the two parties.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s remarks came as his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi called him on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Kashmir. The phone call was made after India revoked the special status for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. (read here).
Drian stated that France will stick to its constant position on Kashmir and said that it is up to the two countries, under the framework of their bilateral political dialogue, to resolve this dispute so as to establish lasting peace. It is for the benefit of both the countries that France would like to tell both the parties to de-escalate the situation and make sure the tension does not aggravate.