India snubs China on Kashmir mediation offer

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New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Rebuffing China’s offer, India on Thursday ruled out any third party mediation on Kashmir about which it is ready to talk to Pakistan under a bilateral framework.

“Our stand is absolutely clear. You are aware that the heart of the matter is cross-border terrorism emanating from a particular country that threatens peace and stability in the country, region, and the world.

“We are ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir under a bilateral framework,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said at his weekly media briefing.

He was reacting to the Chinese Foreign Office spokesperson on Wednesday saying that China was ready to play a “constructive role” in improving India-Pakistan ties over Kashmir, where the “situation has attracted the attention of the international community”.

“We are ready to talk Kashmir with Pakistan, but no third party mediation,” Baglay said.

–IANS

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