- What: Turkey and India called for a collective fight against terrorism
- Speaking at the end of delegation-level talks, visiting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack on CRPF personnel in Sukma and expressed solidarity with India
- However, Mr. Erdogan’s condemnation of the killing of security personnel in central India contrasted with his silence over the news of an alleged cross-border attack by elements based in Pakistan
- The issue of cross-border terrorism was strongly taken up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who urged for a common strategy against states that use terrorism as an instrument of power
- President Erdogan in a TV interview before arriving in India had called for end to the violence in Kashmir and starting a multilateral dialogue involving India and Pakistan
- However India maintained that it had never shied away from holding bilateral talks in line with the 1972 Shimla Pact and the 1999 Lahore agreement and said the main issue in Kashmir is of terrorism
- President Erdogan also targeted the prominent Sufi cleric Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet network that he blamed for the failed coup of July 15-16 2016
Turkey has traditionally been very close to Pakistan and hence it is no surprise that it is supporting Pak in some ways. However, it is a sign of mature diplomacy that India is willing to overlook these predictable responses and try to build on other areas of the relationship with Turkey. President Erdogan is supporting India’s bid for NSG and UNSC reforms. However, he is also supporting Pak for NSG membership.
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