New Delhi: India has reiterated that Kashmir is its internal affair and it is unwarranted to discuss it “in any multicultural setup”. Briefing the media, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar was talking about India’s stand on Pakistan raising the Kashmir issue at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) when he said, “We always note with regret that the matter which is very internal to Indian affairs was again discussed at OIC. We reject such references to a matter very internal to India. We have said in the past that OIC has no locus standi to comment on India’s internal affairs. We feel that it is completely unwarranted to discuss a matter related to India’s internal affairs in any multi-cultural setup.” (Also read: Swaraj, Fiji Minister Discuss Defence Cooperation)

In the backdrop of the sudden cancellation of Minister-level talks between Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistan counterpart, SM Qureshi, Kumar was asked if there will at least be a handshake between the two ministers to which he remained non-committal and said, “it is difficult to predict.”

On the issue of Iran’s sanctions and India’s stand on the same, Kumar said, “India remains engaged with all stakeholders who are a part of the process, Iran is one of them. So it was natural the issue of sanctions did come up during the meeting. We shared each others’ position about where we stand at this point in time. The Foreign Minister of Iran shared parts of the discussions which they were having with the EU. We heard them out and explained our position. As far as the sanctions on Iran goes, we are also engaged with other stakeholders, other countries.”

Discussing the first-ever 2+2 dialogue with the US, he said, “We sensitised them of our concerns, sensitivities and expectations. We felt there was a bit of understanding from the US side on our position. We’re working towards ensuring our energy security and national security.”

A contentious issue, that of extradition of absconding businessman Mehul Choksi, cropped up to which Kumar said, “A meeting had been arranged at the request of Foreign Minister of Antigua & Barbuda. He personally wanted to tell the External Affairs Minister of the commitment of his PM, his govt regarding the extradition of Mehul Choksi.” Swaraj, he said, requested the Antigua minister that quicker the matter was resolved, better it was. “Her counterpart replied that they’re trying their best, he said there are some legal angles and court procedures which they’ll examine but he expressed the commitment of his PM and government before her.”