Frustrated India lashes out at Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan over strong support for Pakistan on Occupied Kashmir

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Frustrated India lashes out at Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan over strong support for Pakistan on Occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD - *Frustrated India lashes out at Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan over strong support for Pakistan on Occupied Kashmir.*

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan support for Pakistan's stand on the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) issue has infuriated India, as the country warned Turkey not to interfere in its internal matters.

“India rejects all references to Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India," said Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kaumar on Saturday, reported Indian media outlet *ANI*.

“We call upon the Turkish leadership not to interfere in India's internal affairs and develop a proper understanding of the facts," the spokesperson said, repeating the rhetoric that terrorism from Pakistan posed ‘threat' to India and the region.

Erdogan during his address to a joint session of Parliament in Islamabad on Friday, highlighted Kashmir issue and offered Ankara's backing to Pakistan in this matter. “Today, the issue of Kashmir is as close to us as it is to you [Pakistanis]," he said, reiterating Turkey's support for Kashmiris," he said.

Referring to Kashmir multiple times in his address, Erdogan said, “our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have suffered from inconveniences for decades and these sufferings have become graver due to unilateral steps taken in recent times.

“Like in the past, we will continue to support Pakistan in the future," he added.