India slams Turkish President for remarks on Kashmir

New Delhi (NVI): India today slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for describing Kashmir as a “burning issue” and said Turkey should “learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its own policies more deeply.”

In response to a question on Erdogan’s remarks made at the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said, “You would have seen the right of reply exercised by our Permanent Mission in New York where we have stated inter alia that the remarks of the President of Republic of Turkey on the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir constitute a gross interference in India’s internal affairs and are completely unacceptable.”

Erdogan had made certain critical comments regarding the situation in Kashmir post-August 5, 2019, when the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was abolished.

Soon after Erdogan’s comments, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN T S Tirumurti hit back by describing his remarks as “gross interference in India’s internal affairs” and said they were “completely unacceptable”.

Though Srivastava did not elaborate on his remarks that Turkey should “reflect on its own policies more deeply” but he was clearly referring to the brutal crackdown being carried out by Erdogan’s regime on minority Kurds and recent conversion of a museum into a mosque.