Turkish President Addresses Kashmir Matter at UN General Assembly

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the Kashmir issue during his address at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly. He emphasized that achieving a just and lasting peace in Kashmir through dialogue and cooperation between India and Pakistan would contribute to regional peace, stability, and prosperity in South Asia. Erdogan also stated that Turkey would continue to support efforts in this direction.

His comments followed a recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 Summit in New Delhi, where both leaders discussed strengthening trade and infrastructure relationships.

Erdogan expressed pride in India’s role in the United Nations Security Council and advocated for expanding the Security Council’s membership. He proposed making five permanent members and 15 “temporary” members into permanent members in rotation, highlighting the need for a broader representation beyond the existing five permanent members (US, UK, France, China, and Russia).

Erdogan has previously mentioned the Kashmir issue in his UN General Assembly addresses in recent years. In 2020, his comments on Jammu and Kashmir were criticized by India, which called on Turkey to respect the sovereignty of other nations and reconsider its own policies.

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