May 01 , 2017

Turkey’s Erdogan rejects parallels between Kashmiris, Kurd terrorist groups

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India hours before he began a two-day visit to New Delhi.

In an interview in Ankara ahead of his visit to India, he totally rejected any similarity between Kurdish terrorist groups and Kashmiris.

Erdogan said the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir is between the states of Pakistan and India and both the countries need to settle it once and for all.

To a question about Turkey's move to block New Delhi’s admission to Nuclear Suppliers Group, he said Ankara has always been supportive of India’s entry into the Group and also that of Pakistan in a similar way.

He began a major two-day official visit to India by meeting the country’s leaders and laying a wreath to renowned Indian independence campaigner, Mahatma Gandhi.

Erdogan was welcomed to India by his counterpart Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the presidential palace in New Delhi with an official ceremony which included a traditional 21-gun salute.

Turkey’s president later laid a wreath at a monument to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, the internationally renowned pacifist campaigner for Indian independence from the then British Empire.




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