News ID: 281189
Published: 0328 GMT February 28, 2021

Iran welcomes India-Pakistan cease-fire statement on Kashmir

Iran welcomes India-Pakistan cease-fire statement on Kashmir

An Indian Army convoy moves on the Srinagar-Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry welcomed an announcement by Pakistan and India about their decision to strictly observe the 2003 cease-fire along the Line of Control (LoC), the line that marks where the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir is divided.

In comments on Sunday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh hailed the joint statement from India and Pakistan as a major step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The spokesperson also expressed hope that Islamabad and New Delhi would take more steps to ensure regional peace, stability and welfare.

India and Pakistan issued a joint statement on Thursday saying both sides have agreed to stop firing along their disputed border in Kashmir.

The director generals of military operations for the two countries held discussions where they reviewed the situation along the Line of Control – the de facto border between the Indian and Pakistani parts of Kashmir – in a “free, frank and cordial atmosphere,” according to the statement posted by India, AP reported.

Frequent clashes and cross-border shelling along the Line of Control in recent months reportedly killed multiple civilians.

“In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two (director generals) agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence,” the statement read. It added that both sides will utilize existing mechanisms including a hotline to resolve tensions and misunderstandings.

Kashmir has always been a contentious issue for the two nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistan and India both lay claim to the full area but control only parts of it.

They have fought multiple wars over the mountainous region. In 2019, tensions escalated when both countries carried out retaliatory airstrikes against one another, prompting worries of a war breaking out in South Asia.

Since then, India stripped the state of Jammu & Kashmir of its special status that allowed it to make its own laws and turned the state into the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Pakistan criticized the move.



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