French President Emmanuel Macron has met with India’s Prime Minister, discussing climate and other concerns ahead of the G-7 summit but also pressing for dialogue with Pakistan over the crisis in occupied Kashmir. Macron had a “frank” exchange with India’s Narendra Modi about tensions in occupied Kashmir on Thursday (August 22), telling him Paris would remain attentive to the rights of people living both sides of the ceasefire line.
The meeting on Thursday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of a marathon day of diplomacy for Macron, who is touching base with key countries before the weekend summit in Biarritz. Modi will be a special guest there.
As tensions soared in the flashpoint region, the French president said he would also have a similar exchange with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in the coming days. Macron met earlier on Thursday with new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Greece’s prime minister. Macron said he stressed the need for India and Pakistan to resolve differences bilaterally and avoid an escalation.
On August 5, Modi’s Hindu nationalist government scrapped the autonomy of Indian-occupied Kashmir, a divided Muslim-majority region that has enjoyed special status in the Indian constitution since the country’s independence from Britain in 1947.
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