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A Kashmiri protester throws back an exploded tear gas shell as they clash with government forces during curfew in Srinagar on Wednesday.(AP)

India snubs China on Kashmir mediation offer, says no third-party required

WT24 Desk

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”.

 “We are ready to talk Kashmir with Pakistan, but no third party mediation,” Baglay said.

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.

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