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Need to respect interests of Kashmiris: Iran offers to mediate on Kashmir dispute

Iran has offered to mediate to solve the vexed Kashmir dispute between South Asian nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, reports said on Sunday.

In an interview to Iran’s state television news channel, Press TV, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called for the need to respect the rights of the people of Kashmir in ‘determining their own destiny’.

Zarif offered to mediate and play a “constructive role” in bringing the conflict to an end.

Former US President Donald Trump had twice offered mediation to solve the conflict, which many believe is a powder keg, but was snubbed by the right-wing Narendra Modi government.

Asked “what has been the policy of Iranian president Rouhani” about the situation in Kashmir, Zarif said, “our policy has been very clear. We emphasise the need to respect the rights of people of all places, including Kashmiris, their human rights, their right to determine their own destiny.”

“We have been in constant dialogue with our friends in India and our friends in Pakistan about how we can play a constructive role in bringing this conflict to an end, in the interests of the people of Kashmir,” the Iranian foreign minister said.”
Iran had last year raised concerns over the tear-gassing and pellet firing on a Muharram procession in Srinagar and Budgam districts.

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