Egypt against third party mediation in Kashmir
17 April 2000
Times of India
CAIRO: Egypt, a leading member of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, has opposed any third party involvement in the resolution of the Kashmir issue but said it is concerned over continued tension between India and Pakistan. Foreign minister Amr Moussa said here Sunday that Cairo was against any such mediation but would not hesitate to do so if both India and Pakistan ask for it. Egypt is closely following the situation because it is concerned about its relations with these two countries, Moussa told reporters after a meeting between visiting Pakistani military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. During the meeting, Musharraf touched upon several issues including terrorism. Later, Musharraf told reporters that he was ready to discuss the Kashmir issue with India at any time. Pakistani foreign minister Abdul Sattar, who accompanied the military ruler, said that Islamabad preferred to have a dialogue with India as per the July 1998 UN Security Council resolution calling upon the two countries to resume dialogue to settle their disputes. Egypt''s Middle East news agency quoted Sattar as saying that his country was ready to join such a dialogue on reducing tension in South Asia.