Avoid escalation in Kashmir: UN

United Nations, August 27: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all parties to avoid any escalation in Kashmir during his meeting with PM Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 Summit at Biarritz in France.

Addressing a press briefing here, Secretary-General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Monday said the two leaders had a “long and fruitful discussion” on climate issues.

He said the issue of Kashmir did come up during their meeting. “For the Secretary-General’s part, he reiterated the message that he has been saying publicly, and that’s basically a need for all parties to avoid any escalation,” Dujarric said.

Briefing reporters in Biarritz on Monday, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said there was some discussion on Kashmir between PM Modi and the UN chief. — PTI

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