Rebuffing China’s offer, India on Thursday ruled out any third-party mediation on Kashmir about which it is ready to talk to Pakistan under a bilateral framework, IANS reports.
“Our stand is absolutely clear. You are aware that the heart of the matter is cross-border terrorism emanating from a particular country that threatens peace and stability in the country, region, and the world. We are ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir under a bilateral framework,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said at a weekly media briefing.
He was reacting to the Chinese Foreign Office spokesperson on Wednesday saying China was ready to play a “constructive role” in improving India-Pakistan ties over Kashmir, where the “situation has attracted the attention of the international community”.
India and China have been engaged in a tense military standoff in the Sikkim sector since early June. Indian troops acted in coordination with the Bhutan government to oppose the construction of a road by Chinese troops in the Donglang or Doklam region claimed by Thimphu.