Mahathir admits Malaysia’s ties with India strained due to his Kashmir remarks

Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has admitted that his country’s ties with India strained due to his remarks on Kashmir, but said other than that the relationship between the two countries was very good, under his leadership.

Mahathir, who was once world’s longest serving elected leader and now eyeing to make a comeback, said he has been making comments about affairs from all over the world.

“Well, it did because of my remarks on Kashmir. But, other than that the relationship was very good, even under my leadership,” Mahathir was quoted as saying by the WION news channel. He was asked whether the India-Malaysia relationship deteriorated during his tenure as prime minister.

In September, 2019, Mahathir raised the Kashmir issue while speaking at the UN General Assembly, drawing strong reaction from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), which said India “completely rejects the references made in respect of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India.”

“We once again call upon the Malaysian leadership to develop better understanding of the facts, including that Pakistan which remains an epicentre of global terrorism, continues to recruit, train, arm and finance cross-border terrorism against India,” the MEA said at the time.

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