New Delhi: India has given its response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan comments on Jammu and Kashmir and said that he should not interfere in India’s internal affairs. Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said that, “We call upon the Turkish leadership to not interfere in India’s internal affairs and develop proper understanding of the facts, including the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan to India and the region.”
In response to queries on references to Jammu and Kashmir by the Turkish President and the Turkey-Pakistan joint declaration, India said it “rejects all references to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India.” Erdogan in his address to the Pakistani parliament on Friday said referring to the scrapping of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir in August last year, “Our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have suffered from inconviences for the decades and these sufferings have become graver due to the unilateral steps taken in recent times .”
Despite India’s objection, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the Kashmir issue once again on Friday and said that his country will support Pakistan’s stand on the matter as it is a subject of both countries. Erdogan, who arrived here on a two-day visit, while addressing a joint session of Pakistan’s parliament, announced that Turkey would support Pakistan’s efforts to get out of the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris this week. On the statement of the President of Turkey on Jammu and Kashmir, India said – do not interfere in our internal affairs.