The current situation in Kashmir 'is not sustainable', must change for sure: Angela Merkel

NEW DELHI: The current situation in Kashmir is not sustainable and must change for sure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday he told German media before his 'restricted meeting' with the prime minister Narendra Modi and after co-chairing the fifth intergovernmental consultation (IGC) with him.

However, the Kashmir situation was not discussed during the IGC and as per sources, Merkel expected to hear from Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans for during their 'restricted meeting'.

As the situation at this time (in Kashmir) is not sustainable and is not good, this has to change for sure, German sources said, citing Merkel.

German Chancellor's comments arise amid concerns expressed by some foreign lawmakers, including Americans, about the restrictions imposed by the government after the repeal of article 370 to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August.

After their extensive discussions at the delegation level, the two leaders held a 'restricted meeting' at the official residence of the Prime Minister in the presence of selected ministers and officials from both sides.

Among the others present at the meeting were the foreign affairs minister, S Jaishankar, the National Security Advisor and the Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale, on the Indian side.