New Delhi: India on Wednesday rejected as uncalled for Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s comments referring to Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad, amid contacts between the two sides over a possible visit by him to New Delhi this week.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said other countries including China have no locus standi to comment on Jammu and Kashmir and should note that India refrains from the public judgment of their internal issues. The MEA’s reaction came in the midst of contacts between New Delhi and Beijing over a visit by Wang to India going down to the wire with neither side giving any clarity on the proposed trip.
“We reject the uncalled reference to India by the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his speech at the opening ceremony,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, in response to Wang’s reference to Jammu and Kashmir in his speech at the OIC meeting. Bagchi said matters related to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are “entirely” internal affairs of India.
“Other countries including China have no locus standi to comment. They should note that India refrains from the public judgment of their internal issues,” he said. Bagchi was responding to media queries on the comments by Wang. “On Kashmir, we have heard again today the calls of many of our Islamic friends. And China shares the same hope,” Wang said at the OIC meeting in Islamabad.