Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmoud Qureshi on Tuesday expressed hope that France would “play its due role to ensure peace and stability in the region”, according to the statement that was released by the spokesperson of the Foreign Office.

During a telephonic conversation with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Qureshi discussed the “illegal and unilateral actions of India to alter the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir in contravention of the international law and UNSC resolutions”.

Le Drian said that France was extremely concerned at the situation and urged both sides to engage in bilateral dialogue.

Le Drian emphasised the need to ensure that there was no further escalation and underscored that they would have the same message for India, a Pakistan Foreign Office statement said.

“The two leaders agreed to remain in contact and continue to work together for peace and stability in the region,” said the statement in conclusion.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss tensions in the divided region of Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the two leaders will meet in Paris this week, a French official said on Tuesday.

Earlier, Qureshi briefed his French counterpart about the “illegal and unilateral” actions of India to alter the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir “in contravention of the international law and UNSC resolutions”.