Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed world leaders during the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, where he reiterated his concerns about the situation in Kashmir and called for a peaceful resolution through dialogue and cooperation between India and Pakistan.
Erdogan stated, “Another development that will pave the way for regional peace, stability, and prosperity in South Asia will be the establishment of a just and lasting peace in Kashmir through dialogue and cooperation between India and Pakistan.” He also expressed Turkey’s commitment to support steps taken in this direction.
These comments from President Erdogan follow his recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, where discussions centered on strengthening trade and infrastructure relations between the two nations.
Erdogan also acknowledged India’s role at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and advocated for an expansion of the UNSC’s permanent and temporary membership. He proposed that the 20 members should rotate as permanent UNSC members, emphasizing that the global stage is more extensive than just the five existing permanent members (the US, UK, France, China, and Russia).
This is not the first time President Erdogan has highlighted the Kashmir issue in his address to the UN General Assembly. In his previous speeches, he has expressed hope for the establishment of a fair and permanent peace and prosperity in the region.
In 2020, Erdogan’s reference to Jammu and Kashmir in a pre-recorded video statement during the General Debate was met with criticism from India, which described it as “completely unacceptable” and called for greater respect for the sovereignty of nations.
President Erdogan’s continued attention to the Kashmir issue on the global stage underscores the enduring complexity and significance of the matter, while also reflecting the broader diplomatic efforts to address it through peaceful dialogue and international cooperation.
Sources By Agencies