Oct 20 2019

India's Modi postpones Turkey visit over Erdoğan’s Kashmir remarks

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to postpone a proposed visit to Turkey over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's comments on Kashmir during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Indian daily Hindu reported on Saturday, citing government officials.

India's suspension of the official visit to Turkey is "a part of a number of measures showing its displeasure over Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s UNGA speech last month where he criticised its move on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir," the Hindu said.

During the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Erdoğan made a pro-Pakistan speech on the Kashmir row between India and Pakistan, as India has deployed thousands of troops after introducing a parliamentary bill to revoke its special status.

After Turkish President's remarks, Indian Financial Express reported that Ankara's 45,000-ton fleet support ships (FSS) deal for the Indian Navy, estimated to cost $2.3 billion, was expected to be put on hold.

The $2.3-billion tender is likely to be cancelled thanks to Erdoğan's statements and security concerns over Turkish company's work for the Pakistan navy, according to Indian officials.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/modis-turkey-visit-put-off-over-erdogans-kashmir-remarks/article29743502.ece