After Pakistan said on Tuesday that it would take the Kashmir dispute with India to International Court of Justice, for abrogating Article 370 earlier this month, the French foreign affairs dialed his Pakistani counterpart asking for “de-escalation” of the current situation.
France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, spoke to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday and called for “restraint and de-escalation” asserting that it is “essential to abstain from any measure likely to aggravate tension.”
According to statement put out by French spokesperson, “The ministers raised the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian recalled France’s constant position on Kashmir, 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.”
“France makes a call to the parties for restraint, de-escalation, and easing the situation. It is essential to abstain from any measure likely to aggravate tensions,” the statement added.
The statement from France comes after US President Donald Trump offered to mediate between the two countries once again on Tuesday. Trump said he would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend at the G7 in France, and he would do his best to mediate in the issue.
Since the Indian government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, Pakistan has been trying to make its case against the country by gathering support of various countries. Pakistan’s attempts in the United Nations Security Council over Kashmir were left unsuccessful after most of the participating nations agreed that ending the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and dividing it into two union territories was a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad.