New Delhi: Rejecting India’s objection, President Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday had once again raised the Kashmir issue, vowing that Turkey will support Pak’s stand.
In response to questions on references to Jammu and Kashmir from the Turkish President and the Turkey-Pakistan joint announcement, India stated it”rejects references to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India.”
“. . .We call upon the Turkish leadership to never interfere with India’s internal affairs and also create appropriate comprehension of the facts, including the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan into India and the region,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated.
Notwithstanding the objection of India, President Erdogan on Friday had raked up the Kashmir issue, vowing that the stand of Pakistan will be supported by Ankara.
“Our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have suffered from inconveniences for decades and those sufferings are very graver because of unilateral measures taken lately,” President Erdogan explained, speaking to the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir in August this past year.
“Now, the problem of Kashmir is as near to us as it will be for you personally (Pakistanis). A solution on the basis of equity and justice will serve the interests of all parties involved. Turkey will continue to stand by justice, peace and dialog at the resolution of the Kashmir issue,” he stated, news agency Press Trust of India reported.
In September President Erdogan increased the Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly during his speech. Reacting to his opinions from the UN, India had said it”deeply regrets” the announcement of Turkey about the Kashmir problem, also termed it an internal issue.