Turkish President Erdogan again raised Kashmir issue in UNGA, meeting with PM Modi has no effect

New York: Turkish President Rajab Tayyip Erdogan raised the Kashmir issue again while addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Erdogan, a close Pakistani aide, told the General Assembly that even after establishing their sovereignty and independence 75 years ago, India and Pakistan have been unable to maintain peace and solidarity with each other. That is very unfortunate. We hope and wish for lasting peace and prosperity in Kashmir. Erdogan and many other politicians in his country have also often addressed the Kashmir issue. India has always responded appropriately to Turkey by describing Kashmir as a bilateral matter.

India has strongly objected to Erdogan’s rhetoric
In recent years, Erdogan has repeatedly referred to the Kashmir issue in high-level sessions of the UN General Assembly. This has created tensions in India-Turkey relations. India has strongly opposed Erdogan’s rhetoric in the past, calling it totally unacceptable. India has said that Turkey should learn to respect other countries’ sovereignty and reflect that more in its policies. For this reason, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far avoided trips to Turkey.

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Met PM Modi himself on Friday
Erdogan met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Uzbek city of Samarkand on Friday. During the meeting in Samarkand, they reviewed bilateral relations and discussed ways to deepen cooperation in various areas. After this meeting, there was a possibility that bilateral relations between India and Turkey would improve. The sudden meeting of the two heads of state on the fringes of the SCO summit also shook the whole world. But just days after that meeting, Erdogan’s rhetoric about Kashmir may further exacerbate tensions between the two countries.

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Erdogan is close to Pakistan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s love for Pakistan goes unnoticed. With the help of Pakistan and China, Erdogan is trying to make himself the new caliph of the Islamic countries. That is why he spews venom against India every day. When the United Nations General Assembly was organized last year, Erdogan raised the issue of Kashmir and said that Pakistan has a right to it. He has also spat poison on Kashmir in talks with Pakistani leaders.

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