BEIJING China on Monday welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan exchanging greetings amid heightened tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Beijing also said that it wanted peace between the South Asian nations and was willing to play a “constructive” role to help them resolve their issues.
Last week, Modi extended greetings to Khan on the eve of Pakistan’s National Day, saying it was time for the people of the sub-continent to work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive and prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence.
Khan responded on Twitter, telling Modi that it was time “to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address and resolve all issues, especially the central issue of Kashmir, and forge a new relationship based on peace and prosperity for all our people”.
The Indian government had described the message by Modi as a customary one.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Monday: “We noted relevant reports and we welcome the goodwill sent out to each other by both Indian and Pakistani leaders. We support the two sides in maintaining engagement and improve their relations, stabilise the situations and resolve their differences.
“China will continue to play a constructive role to this end.”