New Delhi, Aug 30: Three days after US President met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 summit at Biarritz in France and discussed the Kashmir issue, the Washington has conveyed its concerns to New Delhi about “the reports of detentions and the continued restrictions on the residents of the region”.
“The US is watching the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and continues to be “very concerned by reports of detentions and the continued restrictions on the residents of the region”, a US State Department spokesperson said on Thursday — days after India emphasised that Jammu and Kashmir remains a bilateral issue.
“We urge respect for human rights, compliance with legal procedures, and an inclusive dialogue with those affected,” the spokesperson told media persons.
There are reports that the US government was consistently raising human rights issues in Kashmir with India.
The spokesperson also emphasized , “We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control and to prevent cross-border terrorism. We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern.”
“We welcome Prime Minister Modi’s statement that Jammu and Kashmir will soon return to a normal political status… We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern,” the spokesperson added.
PM Modi had stressed that India and Pakistan were one before 1947 and all issues between the two were bilateral thus rejecting any third party mediation.
“There are many bilateral issues between India and Pakistan, and we don’t want to trouble any third country. We can discuss and resolve these issues bilaterally,” PM Modi had said.
President Trump said, “The Prime Minister really feels that he has the situation under control… I have very good relationship with both the gentlemen (PM Modi and Imran Khan) and I’m here. I think they can do it (resolve the issue) themselves”.
On Tuesday, Pakistan wrote to the United Nations alleging “massive violations of International Human Rights Law” in Jammu and Kashmir.