On Tuesday, India slammed Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remarks of Jammu and Kashmir, hours after he spoke in the United Nations. India claimed Erdogan’s comments as “completely unacceptable”, as the president said New Delhi’s decisions related to the region had complicated the conflict.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti, stated that Ankara (Capital of Turkey) should learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its policies more deeply. Mr. Tirumurti tweeted, “ We have seen remarks by the President of Turkey on Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. They constitute gross interference in India’s internal affairs and are completely unacceptable. Turkey should learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its policies more deeply”.
According to The Hindu, in a pre-recorded video message, the Turkey President was seen stating, “ Steps were taken following the abolition of the special status of Jammu-Kashmir further complicated the problem”. He also demanded the Kashmir matter to be resolved through dialogue. According to the report of ANI, he(Turkey’s President) further said, “ We are in favor of solving this issue through dialogue within the framework of the United Nations resolutions, especially in line with the expectations of the people of Kashmir”.
From the past one year, Turkey has used several platforms to raise the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, however, India, time and again, has told the West-Asian country that the Kashmir issue is an internal matter of India.