China dodges on Qureshi’s claim of plan to send special envoy to India, Pakistan

Lu Kang, spokesman of Chinese Foreign Ministry, said, 'Actually we have been in close contact with both India and Pakistan, and we will continue to do so and play a proactive role.'

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Beijing: China is silent on Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s claim that, after the Pulwama attack, it is planning to send a special envoy to reduce the tension between Pakistan and India. Although China has definitely said that both countries must resolve the differences through a friendly dialogue.

The Pakistani media had reported on 2 March that Qureshi had said that China had decided to send a special envoy to Pakistan and India in an effort to ease the tension in the region.

Pakistani media house ARY News, among others, had reported on 2 March that Qureshi had said on Friday his Saudi Arabian counterpart was likely to visit Pakistan on Saturday. Qureshi had earlier, last Thursday, said the Saudi Arabia’s Adel al Jubeir was coming to Pakistan with an important message from Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

When asked about the statements made in the media reports on Qureshi, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “We really hope India and Pakistan, both important countries in South Asia, can resolve the relevant issues through friendly consultations and negotiations.”

Without mentioning any plan to send special messengers, Lu said, “In order to ease the tensions, China has maintained close communication with both India and Pakistan. Whatever is conducive to regional peace and stability, China will try to do that, and we will continue to do so.”

When asked if China would toes Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s line by trying to play the role of an arbitrator between India and Pakistan, Lu said, “We welcome all the efforts that are conducive to easing tensions and promoting peace and stability in this region.”

Lu said, “Actually we have been in close contact with both India and Pakistan, and we will continue to do so and play a proactive role.”

India believes that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and that no third-party mediation. is required to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries.