Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has sidelined Saudi Arabia and supports a terrorist organization like the Taliban, is trying to become a contractor for Muslims. Erdogan, who spews venom against India at every opportunity, has once again referred to the issue of Kashmir in his address to world leaders at the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Last year too, Erdogan referred to Jammu and Kashmir in his pre-recorded video statement at the General Debate. At that time, India had called it completely unacceptable and asked Turkey to respect the sovereignty of other countries and look more deeply into its policies.
“We maintain our position in favor of resolving the problem in Kashmir for 74 years through dialogue between the parties and within the framework of relevant UN resolutions,” Erdogan said in his address at the General Debate.
The President of Turkey, a close ally of Pakistan, had repeatedly raised the issue of Kashmir in his address at the high-level general debate. He also raised the issue of Kashmir during his visit to Pakistan last year.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) at the time said that Erdogan’s remarks reflect neither an understanding of history nor the conduct of diplomacy and that it would have a strong impact on India’s relations with Turkey.
In his address on Tuesday, the Turkish president also mentioned China’s minority Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang and the Rohingyas of Myanmar. Erdogan said that in the context of China’s territorial integrity, we believe that there is a need to demonstrate more efforts to protect the fundamental rights of Muslim Uighur Turks.
In addition to the US and the European Union, several countries have accused China of committing genocide against Uighurs in resource-rich Xinjiang and called for an international investigation by human rights groups.
“We also support ensuring the safe, voluntary, dignified return of Rohingya Muslims living in difficult conditions in camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Erdogan said.