On Kashmir Issue Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Controversial Comment In India

Today, ahead of talks with Narendra Modi Prime Minister, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan controversially suggested a "multi-lateral dialogue" to resolve the Kashmir issue to ensure peace in the region. In New Delhi The President Erdogan arrived last evening, told in an interview with WION news channel that, "We should not allow more casualties to occur (in Kashmir). By having a multi-lateral dialogue, (in which) we can be involved, we can seek ways to settle the issue once and for all."

President Erdogan further added, "All around the world, there is no better option than keeping the channel of dialogue open. If we contribute towards global peace, we can get a very positive result."

Ruchi Ghanashyam, Secretary (West) in the External Affairs Ministry said, "We have always emphasised that India-Turkey relations stand on their own footing and, we believe, the Turkish side reciprocates our sentiment," further adding about the India’s position on the state of Jammu and Kashmir as it is an integral part of the country. If India will raise the issue or not is not responded by her when asked.

India and Pakistan were friends of Turkey said by the President Erdogan and wanted to help strengthen the dialogue process among the stakeholders for resolving the issues of Kashmir.

The relevance of India and Pakistan should resolve the issue and not leave it for future generation who will have to suffer said by the Turkish leader.

This is the first visit after winning a controversial referendum on 16th April of President Erdogan’s which will consolidated his executive powers further.

President Erdogan said, "All around the world, there is no better option than keeping the channel of dialogue open. If we contribute towards global peace, we can get a very positive result."

Wanted to help strengthen the dialogue process among the stakeholders for resolving the issues of Kashmir, which is from last 70 years been festering said by the President Erdogan.

For the problems in Kurdish Turkey the reply of him was "We have no problem with the Kurdish people. We have a problem with a terrorist organisation," it could not be compared with the issues of Kashmir.

He further said, It (the Kurdish problem) is a territorial dispute. In Jammu and Kashmir, the situation is different. Let's not make the mistake of comparing them."

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