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Modi cancels Turkey visit over Erdogan's remarks on Kashmir

Khaleej Times | Published: October 20, 2019 17:45:25 | Updated: October 20, 2019 20:53:37


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The Indian government has decided to call off a proposed visit by the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Turkey's capital Ankara.

The decision was taken as part of a number of measures showing the Indian government's displeasure over Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last month.

During the speech, Erdogan criticised India's move to abrogate Article 370 of the constitution that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Supporting Pakistan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that 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, India's Ministry of External Affairs 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.

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