India lambasted remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Kashmir during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Erdoğan’s comments “constitute gross interference in India’s internal affairs and are completely unacceptable,” T S Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the U.N., said in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Turkey should learn to respect sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its own policies more deeply,” he said.
We have seen remarks by President of Turkey on Indian UT of Jammu & Kashmir. They constitute gross interference in India’s internal affairs and are completely unacceptable. Turkey should learn to respect sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its own policies more deeply.
— PR UN Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) September 22, 2020
During a general debate at the U.N. on Tuesday, Erdoğan said the topic of Jammu and Kashmir remained a “burning issue”, and that a resolution was important to stability and peace in the region.
“Steps taken following the abolition of the special status of Jammu-Kashmir further complicated the problem,” the Turkish president said in a pre-recorded video message. He also called for the matter to be resolved through negotiation.
The Indian-Pakistani dispute over Kashmir has led to several conflicts since the countries’ partition in 1947. The Indian government withdrew the autonomy of Kashmir in August last year, shutting down internet access in the region and detaining activists and politicians.
Erdoğan, an outspoken critic of Indian policy toward Kashmir, said during a speech at the Pakistani parliament in February that resolving the future of the occupied region was of similar importance to Turkey’s own war of independence early last century.