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Diplomatic setback for India, British govt says ‘concerned’ over Kashmir situation

In a major diplomatic setback for India, the British government has said it remains “concerned” over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. 

A question was posed by MP Afzal Khan on Kashmir, asking the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, “if he will take diplomatic steps to support the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir.”

The British government responded by expressing “concern” over the situation in Kashmir and said it is following developments closely.

Responding on behalf of the Foreign Office, in a written reply to the House, Nigel Adams, Minister of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “The UK remains concerned about the situation in Kashmir and we continue to follow developments there closely.”

“The Foreign Secretary raised Kashmir with his counterpart, External Affairs Minister Dr Jaishankar, during his visit to India in December 2020.”

“Officials at the British High Commission in New Delhi engage regularly with human rights organisations on the situation,” Nigel said.

The British government also said: 

“Our British High Commission in New Delhi monitors political, social and economic developments in India including agricultural reform.”

Adding: “We are aware of concerns in India and here in the UK about how these reforms might affect farming communities. Agricultural reform is a domestic policy issue for the Indian authorities to address.”

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