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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Suggests Multilateral Dialogue On Kashmir

Erdogen arrived in India last evening ahead of talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

01/05/2017 8:06 AM IST | Updated 01/05/2017 8:07 AM IST
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference ahead of his departure for India, at the Ataturk International Airport's Government Guest House in Istanbul, Turkey on April 30, 2017.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that a multilateral dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue to ensure peace in the region. Erdogen, who arrived in India last evening ahead of talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, favoured India's bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) besides that of Pakistan, saying India should not have objection to it.

"We should not allow more casualties to occur (in Kashmir). By having a multilateral dialogue, (in which) we can be involved, we can seek ways to settle the issue once and for all," he told WION news channel in an interview.

"We should not allow more casualties to occur (in Kashmir). By having a multilateral dialogue, (in which) we can be involved, we can seek ways to settle the issue once and for all."

The Turkish leader said that it is in the interest of India and Pakistan that they should resolve this issue and not leave it for the future generations who will have to suffer.

"All around the world, there is no better option than keeping the channel of dialogue open. If we contribute towards global peace, we can get a very positive result," he said.

"It (the Kurdish problem) is a territorial dispute. In Jammu and Kashmir, the situation is different. Let's not make the mistake of comparing them."

Erdogen said India and Pakistan were both friends of Turkey and he wanted to help strengthen the dialogue process among the stakeholders for resolving the Kashmir issue which has been festering for the last 70 years.

Replying to questions on the Kurdish problem in Turkey, he said it could not be compared with the Kashmir issue.

"We have no problem with the Kurdish people. We have a problem with a terrorist organisation," he said.

"It (the Kurdish problem) is a territorial dispute. In Jammu and Kashmir, the situation is different. Let's not make the mistake of comparing them," he said.

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