September 1998 News

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SA Apologises on Kashmir Faux Pas

4th September 1998

DURBAN: The storm in relations between India and South Africa caused by NAM chairperson Nelson Mandela's reference to the Kashmir issue blew over on Friday when that country's deputy president Thabo Mbeki tendered apologies to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for the episode.

Mr Mbeki walked up to Mr Vajpayee just before he was to deliver his address at the NAM summit and told him in categorical terms that the reference to Kashmir by Dr Mandela should not be construed that his country was interested in interfering in the internal affairs of India. India appeared to be satisfied with the assurance with principal secretary to Prime Minister Brajesh Mishra saying, "With this development the chapter is now closed."


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