Pakistan thanks Tayyip Erdogan for his support on Kashmir issue

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for supporting his country’s stance in the current crisis following India’s decision to strip disputed Jammu and Kashmir region of its decades-long autonomy.

“We thank Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for raising voice in favor of the unarmed Muslims of the occupied Kashmir”, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said while talking to his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu over the phone, said a statement by Pakistan’s foreign ministry.

Qureshi telephoned Cavusoglu to discuss the situation, especially the human rights violations in the disputed Himalayan valley, the statement said.

Turkey had expressed concern that India’s decision will increase tensions.”Turkey and Pakistan have always supported each other’s stance on several international issues,” Qureshi noted praising Turkey for its efforts to unite the Muslim ummah.

He called upon Ankara to work to “stop human rights violations and end the ongoing curfew” in the valley.

Turkish Foreign Minister, according to the statement, said that Ankara was closely monitoring the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Turkey, Cavusoglu said, while expressing its concern over the current situation after the recently held United Nations Security Council meeting on Kashmir, had issued a detailed statement, in which it called for resolution of the lingering dispute in line with the UNSC resolutions. The two foreign ministers agreed to continue the bilateral discussion on Kashmir, and to meet during the UN General Assembly session next month, the statement concluded.