Addressing a joint media event with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Indian PM Narendra Modi said countries across the world needed to “work as one to disrupt the terrorist networks and their financing and put a stop to cross-border movement of terrorists”.
Condemning on the April 24 Naxal attack in Sukma in which 25 CRPF personnel were killed, Erdogan said, “Turkey will always be by the side of India in full solidarity while battling terrorism… And terrorists will be drowned in the blood they shed.”
Asked if there was a difference of opinion on the definition of terrorism as Modi talked about cross-border terrorists and Erdogan mentioned the Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO), Baglay said there was a convergence on condemning terrorism and an agreement that it was a menace which needed to be tackled effectively.
The spokesperson also said the Turkish side mentioned the presence of FETO [in India]. “Any organisation in India has to work within the parameters of our laws, rules and regulations,” he added, without mentioning if India has assured action against the group.
For a failed coup in July last year to topple Erdogan, Turkey had blamed the FETO and said the outfit had infiltrated India.