Date created : 22/08/2019 – 16:05 French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Indian PM Narendra Modi Thursday ahead of the weekend’s G7 summit. The meeting comes as Modi’s government has faced international criticism over its crackdown in the disputed Kashmir region. More than a year after their last summit, Macron and Modi are meeting again Thursday ahead of the weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz, to which Modi has been invited although India is not a formal member of the grouping.Defense and commercial contracts have dominated the agenda during meetings between French and Indian leaders in recent years. But this time, Modi and Macron are meeting under the shadow of India’s controversial August 5 scrapping of a key constitutional article granting autonomy to the disputed Kashmir region.The scrapping of Article 370 was implemented under an unprecedented lockdown on Kashmir. Thousands of Kashmiris – including prominent political leaders – have been detained, communication lines cut and mobility in the Kashmir Valley has been severely restricted with the deployment of tens of thousands of additional Indian troops in one of the world’s most militarised zones.Ahead of the meeting, French officials said Macron and Modi were set to discuss Kashmir during a working dinner… Read full this story
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