‘CHINA-PAK FRIEND­SHIP UN­BREAK­ABLE’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - — Joint press re­lease on Chi­nese Prez XI JIN­PING’s meet­ing with Pak PM IM­RAN KHAN — Xi on Kash­mir — Xi on Pak ties —MEA spokesper­son RAVEESH KU­MAR

The Kash­mir is­sue, be­ing a dis­pute left from his­tory, should be prop­erly and peace­fully re­solved based on the UN Char­ter, rel­e­vant UNSC res­o­lu­tions and bi­lat­eral pacts The rights and wrongs of the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir are clear. China sup­ports Pak­istan in safe­guard­ing its le­git­i­mate rights and in­ter­ests and hopes the par­ties con­cerned can re­solve the dis­pute through peace­ful di­a­logue In­dia’s po­si­tion has been con­sis­tent and clear that Jammu and Kash­mir is an in­te­gral part of In­dia. China is well aware of our po­si­tion. It is not for other coun­tries to com­ment on the in­ter­nal af­fairs of In­dia

in­ter­nal af­fairs of In­dia.” Mak­ing no at­tempt to side­step the is­sue hours be­fore the start of Xi’s In­dia trip, he said, “We have seen the re­port re­gard­ing meet­ing of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping with PM Im­ran Khan which also refers to their dis­cus­sions on Kash­mir.” No mat­ter how the in­ter­na­tional and re­gional sit­u­a­tion changes, the friend­ship be­tween China and

Pak­istan has al­ways been un­break­able and rock solid, and China-Pak­istan co­op­er­a­tion has al­ways main­tained

strong vi­tal­ity

China’s state­ment on Kash­mir was a de­par­ture from its for­eign min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang’s re­marks on Tues­day that the is­sue should be re­solved be­tween New Delhi and Is­lam­abad.

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