Chantilly, August 23: French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said the Kashmir issue a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan and there is no need for any third party to intervene or encourage violence in relation to Kashmir issue.
Addressing a joint media briefing in Chantilly, Macron stated: “Prime Minister Modi told me everything about Kashmir and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. I said Pakistan and India will have to find a solution together and no third party should intervene or incite violence.”
Macron affirmed the Indian government’s decision to scrap Article 370 from the Indian constitution that offered a special status to Jammu and Kashmir was in accordance with India’s sovereignty, according to ANI news reports.
He told reporters, “Prime Minister Modi told me about the recent decision taken by India and that it is in their sovereignty.”
The French president added: “It is important that peace is maintained in Jammu and Kashmir. I will talk to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan after a few days and tell him that talks should be held at a bilateral level only,”
Macron also congratulated Modi for his recent victory in the Lok Sabha election 2019 and re-assuming the office as the prime minister of India for the straight second time.