Why is Kashmir not peaceful like Switzerland?

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This content was published on August 22, 2019 - 10:18 pm (Keystone-SDA)

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir conflict bilaterally. Both parties are obliged to avoid an escalation in the crisis region, said Macron.

He made a statement on Thursday evening at a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chantilly Castle near Paris. He will also speak to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the coming days, Macron said.

At the beginning of August, India withdrew its autonomous status from the Indian Kashmir region, suddenly increasing tensions with Pakistan. Since then, skirmishes have increased again along the control line, the de facto border between the two countries in the Kashmir region. Modi did not mention the conflict.

The meeting also aimed to deepen the strategic cooperation between France and India in relation to defense, civil nuclear power and solar energy. India receives warplanes made in France. Modi was due to speak to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday.

Important partner

France is one of India's most important partner countries in Europe. The two states have long-term cooperation in defense In addition, the two countries initiated the International Solar Alliance ISA, which aims to achieve climate goals through better use of solar energy.

At Macron's invitation, Modi will also attend the G7 meeting in the southwestern French seaside resort of Biarritz, which begins on Saturday. There he will speak, among other things, on the environment, climate and digital change, it said. In addition, Modi will hold bilateral talks with the heads of state and government.

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