After what can be termed as a shocking move from Turkey over Kashmir, which stood by Pakistan on Article 370, India in a fare move, equalized by criticizing Ankara’s military action against Kurds in Syria. India has called on Erdogan-ruled Turkey to exercise restraint and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has stated that Turkey’s actions can undermine stability in the region and the fight against terror and its action has also the potential for causing humanitarian and civilian distress. Turkey’s against the Kurds is seen to carry the risk of release of hundreds of Islamic state fighters who have been held in Northern Syria.
The action, which has the backing of the United States, is being read as Ankara’s selective condemnation of terror.
India has expressed deep concern at the Turkey’s military offensive and termed it as unilateral. It has hoped there will be a peaceful solution through dialogue and discussion.
Normally, in according to the foreign policy, India does not call out specific countries and definitely not the complex theatre that the region of West Asia is. However, Turkey’s relations with India nosedived after Ankara stood by Pakistan over August 5 decision to abolish Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed displeasure during his recent visit to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where he made it a point to sit down with leaders of Greece, Armenia and Cyprus, who all have hostile relations with Turkey.
In an earlier statement the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson had pulled up Turkey for its statements on Kashmir and had said that India deeply regret the repeated statements by the Turkish Government on a matter completely internal to India. It had stated that these statements are factually incorrect, biased and unwarranted.