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German Chancellor – Angela Merkel Concerned Over Kashmir Issue

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel on the very first day of her three-day visit to India expressed concerns over the situation in Kashmir. She stated that the condition of the blockade in Kashmir cannot be supported for long and the current situation in Kashmir is neither good nor sustainable.

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Interestingly, the comments came only hours after India and Germany agreed to work on multilateral and bilateral forums to combat terrorism and extremism.

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In a historic move, the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two union territories on October 31. 2019 following the abrogation of special status enjoyed by Kashmir for more than 70 years.

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Although, Kashmir was not an agenda for the bilateral talks held between the leaders of India and Germany, according to sources, Angela Merkel was keen to learn from Narendra Modi about the roadmap that the Indian government has envisaged for Kashmir.

While addressing the German press post her dialogue with Narendra  Modi, Angela Merkel expressed concerns about the people of Kashmir and the situation prevalent there.

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The German leader’s visit can be seen as a significant stepping stone towards fostering deeper ties between the two nations as India and Germany signed 17 MoUs, five joint Declarations and other pacts on a wide spectrum of issues including agricultural cooperation, cooperation in education, marine science and heritage conservation.

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A joint media statement by two nations condemned international terrorism and urged the global community to act against the safe havens which are harbouring terror. The trade between the two nations is expected to see a surge as a result of a series of bilateral meetings being held during Angela Merkel’s three- day visit to India.

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