Paris, AUg 21: France has called for “restraint and de-escalation” in a phone-call with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, asserting that it is “essential to abstain from any measure likely to aggravate tension”.
Prime Minister Modi will be in France on Thursday for a state visit where he will meet French President Emmanuel Macron and later participate in at the 45th G7 summit.
A French spokesperson put out a statement after the country’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, spoke to his Pakistani counterpart on Tuesday.
Jean-Yves Le Drian recalled France’s constant position on Kashmir — it is up to the two countries, under the framework of their bilateral political dialogue, to resolve this dispute so as to establish lasting peace,” the French ministry spokesperson said in the statement.
“France makes a call to the parties for restraint, de-escalation, and easing the situation. It is essential to abstain from any measure likely to aggravate tensions,” the statement added.
“yesterday held discussions over phone with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The ministers raised the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.