UN chief Guterres encouraged by India, Pak ceasefire announcement; hopes this positive step will provide opportunity for further dialogue

Top UN leadership has welcomed the announcement by militaries of India and Pakistan to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and other sectors, with UN chief Antonio Guterres expressing hope that this “positive step” will provide an opportunity for “further dialogue”.

In a significant move to ease tension, the militaries of India and Pakistan said on Thursday that they have agreed to strictly observe all agreements on the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors.

“…The Secretary-General is encouraged by the joint statement issued by the militaries of India and Pakistan on their agreement to observing the ceasefire at the Line of Control in Kashmir and engaging through established mechanisms,” Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN chief, said at the daily press briefing Thursday.

“He hopes that this positive step will provide an opportunity for further dialogue,” Dujarric said.

President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir tweeted that he “wholeheartedly” welcomes the ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan.