Article 370: Don’t interfere in our ‘internal affairs’, India to Turkey | Press24-India News
NEW DELHI: Reacting strongly to Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments on Jammu and Kashmir, India on Saturday said that it rejected all the references made and called upon the Turkish leadership to “not interfere” in India’s internal affairs. Turkish President Erdogan had on Friday reiterated his country’s support to Pakistan on Kashmir, telling a joint session of Pakistan parliament that India’s decision to revoke the erstwhile state’s special status had “exacerbated the troubles of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters”. In response to queries regarding the references to Jammu & Kashmir by the Turkish President and the Turkey-Pakistan Joint Declaration, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “India rejects all references to Jammu & Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India. We call upon the Turkish leadership to not interfere in India’s internal affairs and develop proper understanding of the facts, including the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan to India and the region.” Erdogan is on a two-day trip to Pakistan. Addressing a joint session of Pakistan parliament, Erdogan said: “We have never forgotten, and will never forget the help that the Pakistani people extended by sharing their bread during our War of Independence. Now, Kashmir is and will be the same for us.” The Turkish president said the “Kashmir issue” could be resolved “through justice and fairness” rather than conflict. “Such a solution will be in the interest of all parties. Turkey will continue to stand by justice, peace and dialogue.” Besides joining hands on Kashmir, Erdogan extended Turkey’s support to Pakistan against the application of political pressure by the inter-governmental Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF). “We are fully cognizant of the problems faced by Pakistan and we will continue to extend cooperation to it to cope with these. Despite all the pressure, I assure you Turkey’s unflinching support at the FATF,” he said. “Our friendship is based on love and respect. Pakistan’s pain is our pain.” Referring to other conflict zones, Erdogan said it was Turkey’s “responsibility to provide assistance to Muslims, no matter where they are”. Erdogan’s endorsement of Pakistan’s stance on J&K has been a sore point in its relations with India. In September, PM Narendra Modi met leaders of some of Turkey’s rivals, including the President of Cyprus, which Turkey had invaded in 1974. During his meeting with Nicos Anastasiades, PM Modi reiterated “India’s consistent support for the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus”.
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