New Delhi: India on Thursday slammed China for stating that the Kashmir issue has remained high on the UN Security Council agenda.
In a statement, Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India rejected “the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in a statement made by the spokesperson of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations.”
“China is well aware of India’s consistent position on this issue. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and shall continue to be an integral part of India. Issues related to Jammu and Kashmir are internal to India,” he said.
“It is, therefore, our expectation that other countries, including China, would refrain from commenting on matters that are internal affairs of India and respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We also expect China to recognise and condemn the scourge of cross-border terrorism that affect the lives of the people of India, including in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
India responded after the spokesperson of China’s permanent mission in the UN said the Kashmir issue remained high on the UN Security Council’s agenda and China is very closely monitoring the current situation in Kashmir.
Ever since Jammu and Kashmir was reorganised, China has been critical of India’s decision. In August, China had attempted to have a UNSC meeting on Kashmir, however it was declined by other member-states of the body.