India's position on resolving matters with Pakistan bilaterally not changed: MEA

New Delhi: India said on Thursday that its position on bilaterally resolving all matters with Pakistan including the Kashmir issue had not changed, in what was a virtual snub to China which had offered to mediate in the long-pending India-Pakistan issue.

China , India, Pakistan. Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

In a reference to ties between India and Pakistan, an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said the central issue between the two countries was "cross-border terrorism perpetrated on India".

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

India's position on addressing all issues including Kashmir with Pakistan in a bilateral framework had not changed, the spokesperson told reporters when asked to comment on China expressing its willingness to play a "constructive role" in Kashmir.

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

Asked about China's comment that there was no "bilateral meeting" between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping, the MEA spokesperson said, "There was a conversation between them. There was a range of issues that were the subject matter of the conversation."

Published Date: Jul 13, 2017 18:29 PM | Updated Date: Jul 13, 2017 18:29 PM

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