India summons South Korean envoy over Hyundai Pakistan post

By | February 8, 2022

The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said it summoned the South Korean envoy to express concern over Hyundai Pakistan’s post on Kashmir Solidarity Day.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday summoned the South Korean envoy over Hyundai Pakistan’s post on social media supporting Pakistan’s Kashmir Solidarity Day.

The MEA said the message was to express concern over the corporate’s behavior and not to lodge a protest against the country.

The official spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, in a statement said India’s strong displeasure on the unacceptable social media post by Hyundai Pakistan was conveyed to the Indian Ambassador in Seoul.

READ | Hyundai India issues statement after social media post on Kashmir kicks up row

“It was highlighted that this matter concerned India’s territorial integrity, on which there could be no compromise. We expected the Company to take appropriate action to properly address these issues,” a statement issued by the MEA read.

The MEA said that it welcomes foreign companies to invest in India but added that it expected companies to refrain from commenting on sovereign matters.

“India welcomes investments by foreign companies in various sectors. But, it is also expected that such companies or their affiliates will refrain from false and misleading comments on matters of sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the statement said.

HYUNDAI EXPRESSES ‘DEEP REGRET’ IN SECOND STATEMENT

Car manufacturer Hyundai on Tuesday expressed “deep regret” after it faced massive backlash by sharing solidarity messages on social media over “Kashmir’s struggle for freedom”.

The automobile maker said it “deeply regretted any offense caused to the people of India by this unofficial social media activity”.

This was the second statement issued by the automobile manufacturer.

WHAT IS THE CONTROVERY ABOUT?

On February 5, Hyundai Pakistan’s social media handles shared posts in solidarity with the “Kashmiri brothers” in their “struggle for freedom”. The social media posts were later removed.

Pakistan observes February 5 as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ to show its support for the separatist movement in Kashmir.

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