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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide today to discuss the illegal actions by India in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Foreign Minister briefed his Norwegian counterpart on the unilateral steps taken by the Indian Government in order to consolidate its illegal occupation of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He added that the measures taken by India were against the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Jammu and Kashmir and international law.

Foreign Minister Qureshi apprised the Norwegian Foreign Minister of the grave human rights and humanitarian situation in IOK, including severe shortages of basic necessities of life such as food and medicines. He added that the entire population of IOK was under siege due to complete lockdown and curfew since 5 August 2019. Foreign Minister urged Norway to play its role and impress upon India to ease the suffering of the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Soreide stated that Norway was concerned about situation in Kashmir and added that they would urge both India and Pakistan to deescalate the situation and ease tensions. She underscored that it was important for both the countries to engage in dialogue to find a durable solution to the issue.

Both Foreign Ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan. The Norwegian Foreign Minister appreciated Pakistan’s positive role in the efforts to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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

21 August 2019

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