Erdogan’s mentioning of Kashmir dispute at UN unnerves India

Islamabad, September 22 (KMS): The mentioning of Kashmir dispute by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Session in New York has unnerved India.

Addressing the ongoing UNGA in New York on Wednesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “India and Pakistan, after having established their sovereignty and independence 75 years ago, they 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.”

Responding to questions on the remarks made by the Turkish President, India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said, “I don’t think a reference to Jammu and Kashmir at the UNGA is useful or helpful”. He said the Kashmir dispute needs to be resolved bilaterally in accordance with the Shimla Agreement, Indian media reported.

In 2019, during an address at the general debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the UN, Erdogan had said, “Despite the resolutions adopted (by the UNSC), Kashmir is still besieged and eight million people are stuck in Kashmir.”

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