Kashmir: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Gill Furniss Gill Furniss Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Steel, Postal Affairs and Consumer Protection)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 1 October 2019 to Question 291427 on Kashmir: Armed Conflict, whether actions to de-escalate the tensions were agreed in those discussions.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

In his discussions with Prime Minister Modi of India and Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, the Prime Minister reiterated the UK’s longstanding position that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting political resolution on Kashmir, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people, and underlined the importance of maintaining dialogue. The Foreign Secretary also expressed concerns and called for calm in his discussion with his counterpart Dr Jaishankar. We encourage India and Pakistan to find lasting diplomatic solutions to maintain regional stability. We welcome the Indian Government’s stated intention to return the situation to normalcy and lift the remaining restrictions.

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