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After Erdogan’s Kashmir comments, Modi cancels Ankara visit

New Delhi: With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brazenly elevating Kashmir on the United Nations Basic Meeting and his nation backing Pakistan on the Monetary Motion Activity Power (FATF) meet in Paris, India has determined to provide the chilly shoulder to its ties with Turkey – cancelling a two-day official go to to Ankara by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the finish of this month.

PM Modi’s journey to Ankara would have been his first stand-alone go to to Turkey. He was to have proceeded to Turkey from Saudi Arabia, the place he is happening October 27-28 to attend a mega-investment summit.

The choice to cancel the go to to Turkey marks a low in relations between New Delhi and Ankara, which have by no means been very heat.

Commerce and defence cooperation had been among the many points that had been to be on the desk throughout Modi’s Ankara go to, which had been agreed to in precept.

The Ministry of Exterior Affairs was non-committal over the event. “The visit was never finalised so there is no question of cancellation,” an MEA supply instructed IANS.

Modi had final visited Turkey throughout the G20 in Antalya in 2015. He had held a bilateral with Erdogan in Osaka, on the sidelines of the G20 in June this 12 months. The Turkish chief had paid a two-day go to to India in July 2018.

Nevertheless, Erdogan’s sturdy backing of Pakistan’s place on Kashmir and alleging widespread human rights violations by India throughout his speech on the UN Basic Meeting final month has not gone down nicely with India.

In his speech, Erdogan had raised the difficulty of UN resolutions on Kashmir and alleged that “eight million people are stuck” in Kashmir resulting from revocation of particular standing. He had criticised the worldwide neighborhood for failing to concentrate to the Kashmir problem.

India had slammed the assertion, with the MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar asking Turkey “to get a proper understanding of the situation on the ground” earlier than making statements on the Kashmir problem which is “completely internal to India”.

On the finish of September, at an occasion in Turkey to mark the constructing of a warship for Pakistan, Erdogan stated he’ll proceed to flag the Kashmir problem on the world stage.

On the occasion, attended by the Pakistan Navy Commander Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Erdogan likened the state of affairs of Kashmir to Palestine.

Erdogan, who has been cosying as much as Pakistan, had co-chaired a roundtable on hate speech on the sidelines of the UNGA with Prime Minister Imran Khan. In his speech, Erdogan had stated in India Muslims had been “lynched for eating beef”.

India is thought to have cancelled an order for 2 naval ships it had inked with Turkey, in retaliation of Erdogan’s Kashmir feedback.

On the Monetary Motion Activity Power assembly too, Turkey and Malaysia, together with China, have brazenly backed Pakistan, which was invaluable in getting Islamabad a lifeline of 4 months until February 2020 to “eliminate” cash laundering and terrorist financing. Their transfer got here regardless of the Asia Pacific Group, subgroup having advisable a downgrade for Pakistan for having fallen miserably quick in its measures to curb cash laundering and terrorist financing.

“The statement on Kashmir that Erdogan made in the UN General assembly was a surprise,” stated Professor A. Okay. Pasha, Affiliate Dean, College of Worldwide Research on the JNU.

“For the past 30 years, during almost all the presidential and other visits from both countries, both sides had agreed that Kashmir will be resolved bilaterally through the Shimla Agreement. But now Erdogan has raised the UN resolutions, which has come as a surprise,” Pasha instructed IANS.

India had additionally thought that Turkey had “de-hyphenated ties” between India and Pakistan. “But now it appears they are slowly reviving the military ties with Pakistan, which is a matter of concern,” he added.

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