UK to take legal action against India over political intervention
The UK is to take formal legal action over an Indian political intervention into a conflict in neighbouring Kenya, the Foreign Office has said.
The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said the UK would take the action in the UK’s national interest, adding that it would be “a clear and serious escalation”.
The action will be taken in London’s High Court.
“We have a duty to uphold international law, which is our international responsibility,” Mr Johnson said.
“The international community cannot stand idly by as the Indian government attempts to interfere in its domestic affairs.”
Mr Johnson’s statement comes as a letter sent to India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, and foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, has been signed by more than 20 international human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Amnesty International India and Human Rights Watch.
Mr Modi has not responded to the letter.
The UK’s intervention comes as the two countries continue to pursue a ceasefire agreement and are in the midst of talks to end the worst fighting in decades.
Mr Johnson will also be visiting India in March.
“My visit to India will be a high-level visit where I will be meeting leaders and diplomats from across the world and the people of India will see the UK, alongside our partners in the EU, the US, Canada and the European Union, to discuss how we can work together to find a peaceful resolution to this conflict,” Mr Modi said.
He has been urged to seek a peaceful end to the violence.
“There are no military solutions to this war, but a diplomatic one,” Mr Swarasaid in a statement released by the Indian Embassy in London.
“As we work together, and as the world continues to stand with India in her fight against terrorism, we will continue to work for a political solution that ensures all civilians can have a fair chance of a life free from the scourge of terrorism,” the letter added.
“In order to achieve that, we need a diplomatic solution to this issue which is not a military one.”