MEA: India affirms UN chief Antonio Guteres' suggestion to resolve Pakistan issue bilaterally

India affirmed that issues with Pakistan have to be decided bilaterally, reacting to UN chief Guteress saying that he is trying to bring about a dialogue.

PTI June 22, 2017 17:31:02 IST
MEA: India affirms UN chief Antonio Guteres' suggestion to resolve Pakistan issue bilaterally

New Delhi: India on Thursday affirmed that bilateral issues between India and Pakistan will have to be decided "bilaterally", reacting to suggestions by UN chief Antonio Guteres that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between the two neighbours.

MEA India affirms UN chief Antonio Guteres suggestion to resolve Pakistan issue bilaterally

File image of UN secretary Antonio Guterres. AP

External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Bagley told reporters he was aware of the remarks made by Guteres that he has raised the issue during his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

"I have seen the reply which has been reported in the media. Essentially the secretary general asked a question in response to a question. Bilateral issues have to be decided bilaterally and the UN secretary general has been made aware of that position," Bagley said.

Addressing reporters at his first press conference at the world body's headquarters since assuming office in January, Guterres recently said that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue.

"Why do you think I met three times the Prime Minister of Pakistan and two times the Prime Minister of India," Guterres said with a laughter, responding to a question on whether he is involved in the matter.

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