Turkey was once again overshadowed by its friendship with Pakistan regarding the Kashmir issue. Shortly after, India gave a befitting reply to Turkey, which had mentioned Kashmir in the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, and placed its hand on its aching vein. In fact, Turkish President Rajab Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue of Kashmir in his address to the United Nations meeting, right after that as a counter attack, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted and surrounded Turkey on the issue of Cyprus. Let us tell you that Turkey has often been shunned by this issue.
In fact, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a bilateral meeting with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides, in which he stressed on the need to adhere to relevant UN Security Council resolutions with regard to Cyprus. Jaishankar on Wednesday tweeted about his meeting with Christodoulides and wrote- ‘We are working on taking economic ties forward. I appreciated his regional insight. Everyone should abide by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions regarding Cyprus.’
Delighted to meet FM @Christodulides of Cyprus.
Working to take our economic ties forward.
Appreciated his regional insights.
Important that relevant UN Security Council resolutions in respect of Cyprus are adhered to by all. pic.twitter.com/pZXPefT9Sj
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) September 21, 2021
Jaishankar tweeted this hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had mentioned Kashmir in his address to the UN General Assembly. In such a situation, it is being seen as an Indian counterattack of Turkey’s mention of Kashmir. “We believe that the 74-year-old problem regarding Kashmir should be resolved by both sides through dialogue and relevant UN resolutions,” Erdogan said in his address at the General Discussion on Tuesday. Last year too, Erdoan referred to Jammu and Kashmir in his pre-recorded statement for general discussion. India at the time called it “totally unacceptable” and said Turkey should respect the sovereignty of other nations and take a deep look at its policies.
In the past too, Erdoan had raised the issue of Kashmir in the United Nations, to which India had objected. The long-running conflict in Cyprus began in 1974 with a military coup backed by the Greek government. After this Turkey invaded the northern part of Greece. Cyprus is illegally occupied by him. India has been advocating for a peaceful settlement of the matter under UN resolutions.
In fact, Turkey has often expressed its opinion on many issues including Kashmir. On the one hand, Saudi Arabia has been neutral on this issue, but Turkey has been raising the issue of Kashmir for the last few years in the name of the leadership of the Muslim world. In fact, Turkey wants to present itself as a leader in the Muslim world compared to Saudi Arabia. In the last few years, the relations of Pakistan have weakened with Saudi Arabia on the one hand, and on the other hand, they have improved with Turkey. This is also one of the reasons why Turkey has often commented on the issue of Kashmir.