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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed the current situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir with Foreign Minister Jeppe Sebastian Kofod of Denmark in a telephonic conversation today.

Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his Danish counterpart on India’s illegal and unilateral actions to change the disputed status of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and its demographic structure. He apprised the Danish Foreign Minister of the deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation, including severe shortages of basic necessities of life such as food and medicines, and complete communications blackout. He added that Pakistan was always committed to resolving issues through peaceful means and Pakistan’s peace overtures and offers of dialogue had been rebuffed by India.

The Foreign Minister urged Denmark to play its role and impress upon India to lift the curfew and ameliorate the hardships and suffering of the people in IoK.

Foreign Minister Kofod stated that Denmark was following the situation with grave concern. He added that Denmark fully supported the statements of the UN Secretary General and the EU High Representative on the issue of Kashmir. He urged both India and Pakistan to enter into a dialogue and desist from any actions that could further escalate the situation. He underlined that any further deterioration in the situation could have devastating consequences.

The two leaders agreed to continue to work together for peace and stability in the region.

21 August 2019

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