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‘One democracy will settle it & you understand which one’: Indian FM tells US senator after he suggests Kashmir may be resolved amicably

‘One democracy will settle it & you know which one’: Indian FM tells US senator after he suggests Kashmir can be resolved amicably


India’s exterior affairs minister made a pointed correction to US Senator Lindsey Graham after the latter urged the Kashmir situation ought to be resolved between “two democracies.” The minister argued it’s solely as much as one.

Commenting on worldwide conflicts and whether or not they may very well be resolved by the use of democracy on the Munich Safety Convention on Friday, Graham expressed hope that “two democracies” would deliver the state of affairs in Kashmir to a peaceable decision, apparently referring to India and its rival neighbor Pakistan. Each lay territorial claims to the entire of the Kashmir area.

“Relating to Kashmir, I don’t know the way it ends, however let’s be sure that two democracies will finish it in another way,” Graham mentioned, prompting an immediate rebuttal from Exterior Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar:

Don’t worry, senator. One democracy will settle it, and you understand which one.

With New Delhi revoking Kashmir’s autonomy standing final summer season – stating the transfer was essential to propel financial improvement within the space and to fight terrorism and native corruption – Islamabad has slammed the choice, insisting India is oppressing residents within the a part of Kashmir beneath its management. The nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two wars over the disputed territory.

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Whereas the tensions between the 2 regional arch-rivals have considerably subsided because the flare-up final February that noticed Indian and Pakistani warplanes participating in open aerial fight, the disagreement continues at full tilt.

On Saturday, the ministry provided a stark rebuke to Turkey over its stance on the Kashmir situation after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his help for Islamabad.

“We now have by no means forgotten and can always remember the assistance which the Pakistani folks prolonged by sharing their very own bread throughout our Struggle of Independence. And now, Kashmir is and would be the identical for us,” Erdogan mentioned in an deal with to Pakistani lawmakers on Friday, whereas blasting India for taking “unilateral steps” within the battle.

It’s Ankara’s “responsibility” to assist “Kashmiri brothers and sisters have suffered from inconveniences for many years,” he added.

This triggered a rejoinder from Jaishankar, who implored Turkey to thoughts its personal enterprise and higher educate itself on the problem, whereas referring to Kashmir in its entirety as an “inalienable a part of India.”

“We name upon the Turkish management to not intervene in India’s inner affairs and develop correct understanding of the information, together with the grave menace posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan to India and the area,” he mentioned.

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