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India lodges protest with Turkish envoy following Erdoğan’s Kashmir remarks

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New Delhi has issued a forceful response to the Turkish ambassador in the country, following incendiary remarks by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about India’s policies in the disputed Kashmir region, the Russia Today news website reported.

India reportedly presented a “strong demarche” to Turkish Ambassador Şakir Özkan Torunlar on Monday and warned that Erdoğan’s comments during his recent visit to Pakistan will have “strong implications” for bilateral ties.

Announcing the move, a spokesman for the India’s Ministry of External Affairs said Erdoğan’s allegation about “unilateral steps” being taken in Kashmir reflect “neither an understanding of history nor of the conduct of diplomacy,” local media reported.

Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said the incident serves as “one more example of a pattern of Turkey interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.” He stressed that New Delhi considers the remarks “unacceptable” and accused Ankara of repeated attempts at justifying the alleged “cross-border terrorism” carried out by Pakistan.

India has fiercely defended its decision in August to revoke Kashmir’s special status, arguing that the move was necessary in order to crack down on terrorism and instability in the region, and ensure human rights.

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