NEW DELHI: Australian High Commissioner to New Delhi Harinder Sidhu said on Friday that India’s decision to end special status for Jammu and Kashmir is the country’s internal matter, and stressed that the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally by New Delhi and Islamabad.
“The Indian government said this is its internal matter. We respect the Indian position on that. Australia’s long-held view on Kashmir has been that it should be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan,” Ms Sidhu told ANI.
Ms Sidhu expressed hope the region would become stable and peaceful and the economic development would eventuate.
“We do hope as situation proceeds in Kashmir that it will be stable, peaceful and, in fact, that economic development eventuates. We do hope that both countries act in restraint and consider the safety and security of the people in the process,” she added.
Earlier this month, India had announced its decision to end the special status for Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories.