Turkey’s Kashmir remarks at UNGA unacceptable: Government

After Turkish President Recep Erdogan raised the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly, the government asked Turkey not to meddle in India’s internal affairs and to reflect on its own policies more deeply.

In a pre-recorded video statement to the general debate at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Erdogan had referred to the Kashmir issue and said it was key to stability and peace in South Asia and “still a burning issue”.

He added that steps taken following the abolition of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status had further complicated the problem.

India’s permanent representative to the UN T S Tirumurti said Erdogan’s remarks constituted gross interference in India’s internal affairs and were completely unacceptable. “Turkey should learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its own policies more deeply,” he said.

Turkey is among the few countries which have continued to support Pakistan’s case after India decided to revoke J&K’s special status last year. Erdogan had also said Turkey was in “favour of solving this issue through dialogue, within the framework of the UN resolutions and especially in line with the expectations of the people of Kashmir”.

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