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Questions on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 17 October 2017

On 17 October 2017 in questions to Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs ministers, and specifically during questions that focused on the disputed status of Kashmir, I asked what progress was being made to promote dialogue between India and Pakistan:

“There have been threats from both sides to target nuclear facilities, and talks at the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation have broken down, so what exactly will the Government and the Foreign Secretary do to defuse those tensions and promote dialogue?”

The Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field replied: “Obviously we will do our part within the international community—as a member of the P5 at the UN, for example—to encourage all sides to maintain a positive dialogue, but the pace and scope of that must be for India and Pakistan to determine. We cannot insist on that. As I have said, we will continue to discuss the Kashmiri issue at every opportunity, both here in London, and out in Islamabad or New Delhi.”


 

You can watch the short exchange here:

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