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Bangladesh backs India, says abrogation of Article 370 from J&K an 'internal issue'

The UK and France have earlier backed India and called for talks to resolve all issues with Pakistan. 

Bangladesh backs India, says abrogation of Article 370 from J&K an 'internal issue'

NEW DELHI: After the United Kingdom and France, now Bangladesh has called the abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir an internal matter of India. Dhaka has called for the resolution of all bilateral issues between Indian and Pakistan through dialogue.

''Bangladesh maintains that the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian Government is an internal issue of India. Bangladesh has always advocated, as a matter of principle, that maintaining regional peace and stability, as well as, development should be a priority for all countries,” an official statement said.

Earlier, the UK and France had backed India and called for talks between the two nuclear-powered Asian neighbours.

In a conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British PM Boris Johnson on Tuesday afternoon, both sides discussed the ongoing India-Pakistan tensions, with the latter calling for dialogue to resolve the issue.

A UK government statement said, "The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi discussed the current situation in Kashmir. The Prime Minister made clear that the UK views the issue of Kashmir is one for India and Pakistan to resolve bilaterally. He underlined the importance of resolving issues through dialogue."

Both the leaders will be present at the G7 Summit that will take place in France over the weekend and "ahead of the G7, Prime Minister Johnson and Prime Minister Modi have agreed on the importance of working together to tackle climate change and other threats to biodiversity", the UK government readout added.

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Meanwhile, Pakistan's Foreign Minister SM Qureshi spoke to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during which France reiterated its constant position on Kashmir that its a bilateral issue. 

"It is up to the two countries, under the framework of their bilateral political dialogue, to resolve this dispute so as to establish lasting peace", French readout on Le Drian-Qureshi talks said.
 
Paris also urged both parties for "restraint, de-escalation, and easing the situation" in Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Modi will be in France on Thursday for a state visit where he will meet French President Emmanuel Macron and later participate in at the 45th G7 summit where he is expected to meet his British PM Johnson and US President Donald Trump.