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UN chief engages to resume Pak-India talks on Kashmir

United Nations: The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has said that he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute through his meetings with the prime ministers of the two countries.

Guterres said this in New York while responding to a question whether he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute. He said, “Why do you think I met three times the Prime Minister of Pakistan (Nawaz Sharif) and two times the Prime Minister of India (Narendra Modi). For someone accused of doing nothing, it is quite a number of meetings.”

Guterres was asked about the escalating tensions between Pakistan and India along the Line of Control and the ceasefire violations since he assumed office as the UN chief in January. Nawaz Sharif and the UN chief met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum at Davos in January and again this month in Astana on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. Modi and Guterres met in Saint Petersburg this month on the sidelines of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric, when asked about the Secretary General’s response to the situation in Kashmir, said that Guterres was following the situation in the region closely. Dujarric said the UN chief reiterates his call for India and Pakistan to find a peaceful solution through engagement and dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

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