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PM Modi meets British counterpart Boris Johnson on sidelines of G7 Summit in France

British Prime Minister Borish Johnson (L) in talks with Indian PM Narendra Modi (R). Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi, India Aug 25, 2019, 10.05 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in France on Sunday. This is the first engagement between the two leaders ever since Boris Johnson took charge as the British PM. The meeting lasted for 30 minutes.

Both the leaders had a conversation last week during which PM Modi congratulated Johnson for assuming charge as the British PM.

During the same conversation, PM Modi had raised the issue of violent protests that took place outside the Indian Mission by Pak and Khalistani groups on India's Independence Day with the British Prime Minister.

A government readout said that Prime Minister Modi "drew attention to the challenges posed by vested interests pursuing their motivated agenda, including by violent means."

Adding, "In this context, he referred to the violence and vandalism perpetrated by a large mob against the High Commission of India in London on the last Independence Day of India."

The British Prime Minister had regretted the incident and assured the safety of the Indian Mission.

The UK also made clear that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.

A UK government release on the same read, "The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi discussed the current situation in Kashmir. The Prime Minister made clear that the UK views the issue of Kashmir is one for India and Pakistan to resolve bilaterally. He underlined the importance of resolving issues through dialogue."

The United Kingdom has also stated that it did not support any statement from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) during the consultative meet which was called at the behest of China on August 16 in the backdrop of India removing the special status for Jammu and Kashmir.