NEW DELHI, India rejected Tuesday reference to Jammu and Kashmir in a joint statement issued by China and Pakistan in wake of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Pakistan visit.
Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in response to a query on reference to Jammu and Kashmir in joint statement issued after visit of Chinese Foreign Minister to Pakistan: “We reject the reference to Jammu And Kashmir in the Joint Statement issued by China and Pakistan after the recent visit of Chinese Foreign Minister.
Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.” “India has consistently expressed concerns to both China and Pakistan on the projects in so-called China Pakistan Economic Corridor which is in the territory of India that has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.
India is resolutely opposed to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir. We call on the parties concerned to cease such actions,” the statement added.
The Indian response came in wake of Chinese renewal of its support to Pakistan over Kashmir last Sunday in a joint statement issued after the conclusion of the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Pakistan during which he met Pakistan President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
In the statement, China underlined its support for Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.
“The Chinese side reaffirmed its support for Pakistan in safeguarding its sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence, and national dignity, in choosing its development path,” it added.
Source: Kuwait News Agency