Responding to Turkey’s statements on Kashmir at the UNGA, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India does not regret the Turkish president’s statements onwards on a subject which is internal to India.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday said that the Indian government does not regret Turkey’s statements on Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Asserting that Kashmir is an internal matter to India, the ministry said that Turkey should get a briefing of facts before it makes any further statements on the subject.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had raised the Kashmir issue during his address at the UNGA, saying it is imperative to solve the problem through “dialogue on the basis of justice, equity, and not through collision.” Erdogan also said the stability and prosperity of South Asia cannot be separated from the Kashmir issue.
Responding to Turkey’s statements on Kashmir at the UNGA, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India does not regret the Turkish president’s statements onwards on a subject which is internal to India. The ministry also called upon Turkey to get a briefing of the facts on the Kashmir issue.
“We call upon the Turkey government to get a proper understanding of the situation on the ground before they make any further statements on this issue. It is a matter which is completely internal to India,” the MEA spokesperson said.
Raveesh Kumar MEA on Turkey raising Kashmir issue at UNGA: We call upon the Turkey govt to get a proper understanding of the situation on the ground before they make any further statements on this issue. It is a matter which is completely internal to India. pic.twitter.com/1kyo4xGLEr
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“We [India and Turkey] had a friendly relation in the past, but unfortunately they have made certain statement, which was unfortunate, unwarranted and not based on facts. We regret their stand on that like Malaysia,” the ministry said.
On Malaysia raising the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly, the MEA said, “Deeply regret the comments made by the Malaysian prime minister. They are not based on facts which were highlighted by PM and EAM. The state of J&K signed the instrument of accession. It was Pakistan which invaded and illegal occupied parts of Kashmir. The recent developments in Kashmir are completely internal matter.”
While addressing the UNGA, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused India of “invading and occupying the country” of Jammu and Kashmir and said, “There may be reasons for this action but it is still wrong. The problem must be solved by peaceful means. India should work with Pakistan to resolve this problem. Ignoring the UN would lead to other forms of disregard for the UN and the Rule of Law.”
Source: India Today