EU urges India, Pakistan to engage in dialogue over Kashmir

Brussels, March 11, 2019 (PPI-OT): Over 40 members of the European Parliament have signed letters that have been sent to Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, asking them to enter dialogue to resolve the tension between the two countries. British MEP Dr Sajjad Karim organised the cross-party letters and members from Sweden, UK, Finland, Italy, Romania, Portugal, Poland, Luxembourg, Lativa, Belgium, Spain, France and Germany signed it.

“We welcome the strong opening of avenues for dialogue and peace demonstrated by the voluntary repatriation of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to India by Pakistan,” the MEPs said. They expressed concern over the growing tensions between India and Pakistan over the Line of Control in Kashmir. “The EU is uniquely placed to assist and should work towards this end and stand ready to do so should the right conditions emerge,” read the letter. “No long-term solution is possible without the participation of the people of Kashmir in dialogue. We encourage all sides to endeavour towards this end,” they said.

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