India rejects Tayyip Erdogan's offer

India rejects Tayyip Erdogan's offer
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India on Monday dismissed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 's suggestion of multilateral talks on the Kashmir dispute, insisting the matter must be resolved bilaterally through talks between Islamabad and New Delhi.

Erdogan had, in an interview before his arrival in India earlier this week, suggested that the two countries needed to 'strengthen multilateral dialogue' in an attempt to find a solution to the Kashmir issue.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, in a veiled reference to Pakistan that the Kashmir issue has a "prominent dimension of cross-border terrorism" that needs to be stopped by "those who are perpetuating it.

"Our case essentially was that Kashmir is an issue of terrorism that has dogged us for 40 years, cross-border terrorism and state-sponsored terror," Baglay told a news briefing.

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