Kashmir Dispute: Erdogan says ‘unfortunate that India, Pakistan have not been able to establish peace’

Recep Erdogan, President of Turkey. [File Photo]

New Delhi: In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it is unfortunate that India and Pakistan haven’t been able to establish peace 75 years after independence and hoped for fair and permanent peace in Kashmir.

“India and Pakistan, after having established their sovereignty and independence 75 years ago, still haven’t established peace and solidarity between one another. This is much unfortunate. We hope and pray that a fair and permanent peace and prosperity will be established in Kashmir,” Erdogan said.

Earlier on September 16, 2022, Erdogan met Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in the Uzbek city of Samarkand.

At the SCO summit, both reviewed the full range of bilateral relations and discussed ways to deepen cooperation in diverse sectors.

However, this is not the first time Erdogan has talked about the Kashmir dispute and its resolution. Earlier in 2020, in an address at Pakistan’s Parliament, Erdogan compared “the struggle of Kashmiri people with that of the fight by Turkish people against foreign domination during the World War I”.

In 2021, at the UNGA, Erdogan said, “We maintain our stance in favour of solving the ongoing problem in Kashmir for 74 years, through dialogue between the parties and within the framework of relevant United Nations resolutions.”

Following this, India asked him not to interfere in India’s internal affairs. The country’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kaumar said that India rejects all references made by the Turkish President on the Kashmir dispute.


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