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Turkey should learn to respect sovereignty of other nations, says India after Erdogan talks about Kashmir Dispute at UN

New Delhi: A day after President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked about Kashmir dispute in his address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), India has said that the leader must “learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations”.

“We have seen remarks by the President of Turkey on Indian UT of Jammu & Kashmir,” T S Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the UN, said in a tweet.

“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 own policies more deeply.”

 

Erdogan, in his pre-recorded video statement to the General Debate at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, made a reference to Jammu and Kashmir, saying the issue of Kashmir, “which is also key to the stability and peace of South Asia, is still a burning issue. Steps were taken following the abolition of the special status of Jammu-Kashmir further complicated the problem.”

“We are in favour of solving this issue through dialogue, within the framework of the United Nations resolutions and especially in line with the expectations of the people of Kashmir,” he added.

Earlier in 2019, Erdogan along with Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan talked about the dispute and they were supported by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Accusing the international community of having “failed” to devote enough attention to Kashmir, in a 2019 speech of his he had said: “In order for the Kashmiri people to look at a safe future together with their Pakistani and Indian neighbours, it is imperative to solve the problem through dialogue and on the basis of justice and equity, but not through collision.”

India, however, has rejected any third-party intervention in the Kashmir issue and has maintained that all outstanding matters in Indo-Pak ties should be resolved bilaterally.

 

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