Tuesday , June 2 2020

Malaysia stands by Kashmir despite India palm oil sanctions


Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he would not change his stance about New Delhi’s actions in occupied Kashmir despite Indian traders calling for an unprecedented boycott of Malaysian palm oil.

India’s top vegetable oil trade body asked its members to stop buying Malaysian palm oil after Mahathir stand about Kashmir at the UN General Assembly last month, Mahathir said that India had “invaded and occupied” Kashmir.

“We speak our minds, and we don’t retract or change,” Mahathir told the reporters outside parliament on Tuesday. “What we are saying is we should all abide by resolutions of the United Nations. Otherwise, what is the use of the UN?”, Mahathir said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government removed the long-standing autonomy of India’s portion of the Kashmir valley on August 5, calling it an internal matter and criticising countries that have spoken out against the move.

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