Erdogan calls for negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute

"They also need to stand and act against those who create, support, shelter and spread terrorism", he emphasised. A joint statement released in the evening said, "We have been victims of cross-border and state-sponsored terrorism". Describing the constantly evolving threat of terrorism as "a shared worry", PM Modi said, "I held an extensive conversation with the Turkish president on this subject. The Turkish President heard us patiently", said MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay.

This is not a healthy sign.

Both the leaders laid high emphasis on people-to-people contact and strengthening cultural linkages between the two nations.

He strongly advocated for India's membership for the UN Security Council and said that the worldwide order can not be called a just one till India's 1.3 billion people were given representation in the world body.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after their joint statement at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Monday.

"If Turkey was fair enough to support Pakistan, it should be fair enough to support India", he added. "Turkey being an important Islamic country and having cordial relations with both India and Pakistan will hopefully make efforts to end the political uncertainly prevalent in the region since decades", the Mirwaiz said.

On the energy sector, the two sides agreed to improve cooperation in the fields of hydrocarbons, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will call on him at Hotel Taj Palace, following which he will attend the business event hosted by CII/Ficci/Assocham at Hotel Taj Palace.

The Turkish premier will hold talks with Modi on key bilateral, regional and worldwide issues of mutual interest.

"We should increase our business and economic relationship". The Indian side will also have to understand that tension in relations or playing proxies against Pakistan is not in anybody's interests.

Erdogan, however, underlined the need for balancing the trade saying it was highly in favour of India.

Turkey on Saturday expelled more than 3,900 people from the civil service and military as threats to national security, in the second major purge since President Tayyip Erdogan was granted sweeping new powers. He is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on bi-lateral and regional issues.

Erdogan had, in an interview before his arrival in India earlier this week, suggested that the two countries needed to "strengthen multilateral dialogue" in an attempt to find a solution to the Kashmir issue.

"We presented our views on terrorism and Kashmir to them - our case essentially was that the issue of Kashmir is fundamentally about terrorism", Baglay said.

After a failed coup in July past year to topple Erdogan, Turkey had blamed Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO) for it and said the outfit has "infiltrated" India.

"We conveyed our viewpoint clearly on terrorism and Kashmir [to the Turkish side]".

"Terrorism can not be stopped by power alone". We made it clear to the visiting dignitary that the Kashmir issue could only be discussed between the two countries in the spirit of 1975 Shimla Agreement and later, the Lahore Declaration.

"Terrorist will be drowned in the blood they shed", he said.

Replying to questions on the Kurdish problem in Turkey, he said it could not be compared with the Kashmir issue.



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