India's permanent representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin won hearts with his diplomacy with Pakistani journalists at the press conference after the closed UN Security Council meeting on Kashmir which was held in New York.
He was at his diplomatic best when a Pakistani journalist posed question on the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir asked him "when will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan”. Akbaruddin responded with, “So let me begin by coming across to you and shaking your hand.” Then he walked up to the three Pakistani journalists present at the meet and shook hands with them.
He then said, “So let me tell you we have already extended our hand of friendship by saying we are committed to the Simla agreement. Let us wait for a response on that from the Pakistani side.”
#WATCH: Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Ambassador to UN says,"so, let me start by coming across to you and shaking hands. All three of you," to a Pakistani journalist when asked,"when will you begin a dialogue with Pakistan?" pic.twitter.com/0s06XAaasl— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2019
And Twitter can’t stop talking about his gesture.
Amazingly composed, charming performance by Syed Akbaruddin, India's ambassador at UN, on #Kashmir. Great show on a difficult wicket.— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) August 16, 2019
Indian envoy to UN Syed Akbaruddin shook hands with Pakistani Journalists being extremely pleasant and acknowledged that India is going back to Simla agreement on Kashmir— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) August 17, 2019
Big Diplomatic win for Pakistan on #Kashmir as a disputed territory
“Stop Terror To Start Talks” - What a strong reply from India ?? to Pakistan ?? by @AkbaruddinIndia— Samir Abbas (@TheSamirAbbas) August 17, 2019
after #UNSC meeting on #Kashmir. Dear Syed Akbaruddin, you truly nailed it ???? pic.twitter.com/1odOdvvUSH
The brilliant @AkbaruddinIndia at his diplomatic best. China, Pakistan envoys didn’t take a single question from @UN reporters after the closed consultations on #Kashmir. Akbaruddin answered questions and how! Watchhttps://t.co/jrCZOCW6he— Yoshita Singh (@Yoshita_Singh) August 17, 2019
India calmly navigates UNSC meet on Kashmir, says Pakistan and China isolated— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) August 16, 2019
India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin was a picture of composure at the UN :) https://t.co/LIoRZOcAPW
China and Pakistan's permanent representatives Zhang Jun and Maleeha Lodhi who also attended the meeting did not take questions from the reporters. Unlike them Syed Akbaruddin took questions from the media.
He said, "I am ready if any of you are willing to ask any questions. I will take them." And then he took the first three questions from Pakistani journalists.
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