India, Pak should resolveKashmir bilaterally: French President

India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and no third party should 'interfere or incite' violence in the region, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday after his marathon one-on-one talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of the dynamic and multi-faceted bilateral relationship during their more than 90-minute long one-on-one meeting at Chateau de Chantilly.

After the talks, the two countries signed four MoUs. In a joint press statement after the talks, President Macron said that Prime Minister Modi briefed him about the recent decision taken by India on Jammu and Kashmir and that it is in their sovereignty. 'I told him that India and Pakistan will have to find a solution to the issue and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region,' Macron said. He said that peace should be maintained in the region and peoples' rights should be protected.

'I will also speak to Pakistan Prime Minister after a few days and tell him that the talks should be held bilaterally,' the French president said. He also said that France will deliver 1st of the 36 Rafale fighter jets to India next month.