India rejects China’s mediation offer to help Indo-Pak tension

India rejects China's mediation offer to help Indo-Pak tension

NEW DELHI – While Virtually rejecting China’s mediation role to solve the long-pending India-Pakistan issue, including Kashmir, Indian government stated Thursday it is ready to resolve all matters with Pakistan, including Kashmir.

According to Indian newspaper The Hindu, an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson told reporters that the central issue between Islamabad and New Delhi was “cross-border terrorism perpetrated on India”.

Terrorism was impacting peace and stability in the entire region, he added.

The spokesperson came out with the remarks when asked about China expressing its willingness to play a “constructive role” in Kashmir. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the comment earlier in the day.

On the standoff between the armies of India and China in the Dokalam area, he said diplomatic channels would continue to be used for a resolution of the issue.

Asked about China’s comment that there was no “bilateral meeting” between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, he said: “There was a conversation between them. There was a range of issues that were the subject matter of the conversation.”

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