Modi cancels Turkey visit for supporting Pakistan on Kashmir issue

Posted In: News Date:Oct 22nd, 2019

NEW DELHI (Web Desk): Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has decided to cancel his two-day official visit to Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly raised occupied Kashmir issue at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and backed Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meet in Paris.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to depart on a two-day official visit to Ankara at the end of this month (October) following visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is going on October 27-28 to attend a mega investment summit.

Modi had last visited Turkey during the G20 in Antalya in 2015. He had held bilateral talks with president Erdogan in Osaka, on the sidelines of the G20 in June this year. The Turkish leader had paid a two-day visit to India in July 2018.

However, Erdogan’s strong backing of Pakistan on Kashmir and highlighting widespread human rights violations during his speech at the UN General Assembly last month has not gone down well with India.