India strongly irked over Pakistan growing military ties with third country
NEW DELHI -India slashes defence ties with key country over growing military ties with Pakistan.
India has cut down its defence exports to Turkey, including explosives and detonators, due to Ankara's growing military cooperation with Islamabad, with whom New Delhi has had a decades-long strained relationship, the Economic Times reported, citing sources.
According to the sources cited by the Economic Times, India's decision to cut down defence exports to Ankara is a precautionary measure aimed at minimising the risk that such equipment would be used against India's domestic interests.
Additionally, the sources said that there was a small likelihood that India would be renewing defence exports to Ankara in the near future due to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments on the Kashmir issue, link which New Delhi has repeatedly stated is an internal matter.
On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled a two-day trip to Turkey, citing Erdogan's statement on the India-Pakistan disputed region of Kashmir as a cause.