India frustrated over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan remarks on Kashmir in UN speech

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India frustrated over Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan remarks on Kashmir in UN speech

India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations T.S. Tirumurti called Erdogan's remarks "gross interference" in the country's internal affairs.

"Turkey should learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations and reflect on its policies more deeply," said Tirumurti.

Since Aug 5, 2019, when India illegally merged the occupied territory with it and imposed a communication lockdown as well as a curfew, Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue three times inside the council with China’s support.

The Indians, however, argue that the merger — although illegal — has ended the disputed nature of occupied Kashmir and therefore it should be removed from the council’s agenda.

Turkey has repeatedly backed Pakistan's stance on the issue as Prime Minister Imran called attention to India's actions in occupied Kashmir on international platforms.

In a call with President Arif Alvi in August, Erdogan had assured his country's support for Pakistan's stance on the Kashmir issue.

The annual meetings of the United Nations began in New York on Monday with Kashmir on the agenda as an unresolved dispute. In doing so, the world body ignored India’s efforts link to remove the 72-year-old issue from the UN Security Council’s agenda for this year.