Ahead the visit to India, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that he is concerned about the situation in Jammu & Kashmir and asked India and Pakistan to resolve the disagreement peacefully through dialogue.
Guterres is on a three day visit to India from October 1-3. He told to PTI in an email interview, “I remain concerned by the situation in Jammu and Kashmir – I encourage positive dialogue for disagreements to be resolved peacefully”.
He praised India’s efforts and help for the regional development, he said, “On the development front, India already is, and can become an even greater regional development force, helping other countries of the region forge a better future”.
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Guterres also admired India’s contribution to United Nations peacekeeping mission, India is fourth largest troop contributing country for UN peacekeeping missions.
He said, “The dedication and sacrifice of India’s uniformed personnel are deeply valued and are a model for many others”.
Tensions are rising between India-Pakistan after India called off meeting, that was supposed to happen between the foreign ministers of both countries on the sidelines, citing the brutal killing of its soldier by Pakistani troops along the international border in Jammu and “glorifying terrorist and terrorism” by Pakistan.
Foreign ministers of both countries also traded barbs at the United nations General Assembly and blamed each other’s country for the cancellation of peace talks on request of newly elected Pakistan PM, Imran Khan.
Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi blamed India for being reluctant to talk because of domestic politics whereas External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj blamed Pakistan’s behaviour for cancellation of talks.
Sushma Swaraj claimed that Pakistan is harboring terrorists and providing them safe heavens. She said that India has taken many initiatives for peace talks but in response Pakistan exported sponsored terrorists to India that killed innocent civilians.