Dhaka backs India on Kashmir, says internal matter


Dhaka, Aug 21 Clearing its stance on Jammu and Kashmir, Bangladesh Wednesday backed India on the Kashmir issue, saying,New Delhi’s decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution — which gave Jammu and Kashmir special status — was India’s “internal matter”.

“Bangladesh maintains that the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian Government is an internal issue of India,” a statement issued by Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

As Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar concluded his three-day visit to Dhaka, the Bangladesh Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a statement, also called for regional peace and stability.

“Bangladesh maintains that the abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian government is an internal issue of India. Bangladesh has always advocated, as a matter of principle, that maintaining regional peace and stability as well as development should be a priority for all countries,” the statement said.

Jaishankar on Tuesday handed over an invitation from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit India in October.

India on August 5 revoked special status for Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

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