India summons Turkish ambassador over Erdoğan’s Kashmir remarks

India summoned the Turkish ambassador on Monday following comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the disputed Kashmir region, Reuters reported.

Erdoğan said in speech to the Pakistani parliament on Friday that the disputed Kashmir territory was of similar importance to Turkey as its own war of independence.

The Indian government withdrew the autonomy of Kashmir last year in August, shutting down internet access in the region and detained activists and politicians.

Indian authorities told Turkish envoy Şakir Özkan Torunlar that Erdoğan’s comments lacked any knowledge of the history of the Kashmir dispute, Reuters said.

“This recent episode is but one more example of a pattern of Turkey interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. India finds that completely unacceptable,” Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

Kumar on Saturday urged Turkey to not interfere in the internal affairs of India and develop a proper understanding of the facts.