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‘One democracy will settle it & you know which one’: Indian FM tells US senator after he suggests Kashmir can be resolved amicably
Indias external affairs minister made a pointed correction to US Senator Lindsey Graham after the latter suggested the Kashmir issue should be resolved between two democracies. The minister argued its only up to one.
Commenting on international conflicts and whether they could be resolved by way of democracy at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, Graham expressed hope that “two democracies” would bring the situation in Kashmir to a peaceful resolution, apparently referring to India and its rival neighbor Pakistan. Both lay territorial claims to the whole of the Kashmir region.
“When it comes to Kashmir, I don’t know how it ends, but let’s make sure that two democracies will end it differently,” Graham said, prompting an instant rebuttal from External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar:
Do not worry, senator. One democracy will settle it, and you know which one.
#WATCH EAM S Jaishankar replies, "Do not worry Senator. One democracy will settle it & you know which one" to US Senator Lindsey Graham, after the latter said, "When it comes to Kashmir, I do not know how it ends but let us make sure that two democracies will end it differently". pic.twitter.com/kmbIu4baoN— ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2020
With New Delhi revoking Kashmir’s autonomy status last summer – stating the move was necessary to propel economic development in the area and to combat terrorism and local corruption – Islamabad has slammed the decision, insisting India is oppressing citizens in the part of Kashmir under its control. The nuclear-armed neighbors have fought two wars over the disputed territory.