India Raises Concern Over Kashmir Mention in Pakistan-Iran Joint Statement

India rejects Pakistan-Iran statement on Kashmir, asserting it's an internal matter. India conveys its position to Iran, reaffirming its sovereignty over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

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India Raises Concern Over Kashmir Mention in Pakistan-Iran Joint Statement

India Raises Concern Over Kashmir Mention in Pakistan-Iran Joint Statement

India has taken up with Iranian authorities the mention of the Kashmir issue in the joint statement issued after Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's visit to Pakistan from April 22-24, 2024. The joint statement said that both Pakistan and Iran stressed the importance of resolving the Kashmir issue through dialogue and peaceful means based on the will of the people of the region, in accordance with international law.

However, India has rejected such statements by other countries on the Kashmir issue, asserting that Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are integral and inalienable parts of India. "We have noted that Pakistan and Iran have mentioned the Jammu & Kashmir issue in their joint statement. We reject such references to matters that are internal to India," said Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs.

During the visit, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif raised the Kashmir issue, but Iranian President Raisi refrained from mentioning it, creating an impression that he had dismissed the Pakistani leader's desire to address the issue. The visit aimed to bolster diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Iran, with the leaders discussing a wide range of topics, including bilateral relations, regional and global issues, and economic cooperation.

Several MoUs and agreements were signed to deepen cooperation across various sectors, with a focus on enhancing trade and economic ties. The leaders also condemned terrorism, called for the peaceful settlement of disputes, and expressed solidarity with the Palestinian cause. The visit was seen as a significant step towards strengthening the relationship between Pakistan and Iran.

Why this matters: The mention of the Kashmir issue in the Pakistan-Iran joint statement highlights the ongoing diplomatic challenges India faces regarding its territorial integrity. India's swift response in taking up the matter with Iranian authorities underscores its firm stance on the Kashmir issue and its unwillingness to accept external interference in its internal affairs.

In response to the joint statement, the MEA spokesperson confirmed that India has taken up the matter with Iranian authorities. "We have conveyed our position to the Iranian side on this matter. India has consistently maintained that Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are integral and inalienable parts of India, and we expect other countries to respect India's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Bagchi stated, reaffirming India's long-standing position on the Kashmir issue.

Key Takeaways

  • India rejected Pakistan-Iran joint statement on Kashmir issue, calling it internal matter.
  • India conveyed its position to Iran, asserting Jammu & Kashmir as integral part of India.
  • Pakistan raised Kashmir issue during Iranian President's visit, but Iran refrained from mentioning it.
  • Visit aimed to bolster Pakistan-Iran ties, with focus on trade, economy, and regional issues.
  • India's swift response underscores its firm stance on Kashmir and rejection of external interference.