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Turkey’s Erdogan urges Pakistan, India to settle Kashmir issue ‘once and for all’

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has publicly recommended “multilateral dialogue” to settle the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.

In an interview to WION TV channel here ahead of trip to India, the president also repeated Turkey’s stand that he was in favour of both India and Pakistan being included in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

India has been arguing that it cannot be equated with Pakistan, which has a proven track record of nuclear proliferation, and Erdogan suggested New Delhi should give up this “attitude”.

He expressed concern at the continuing stand-off between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, and added, “We should not allow more casualties to occur, and by strengthening multilateral dialogue, we can be involved, and through multilateral dialogue, I think we have to seek out ways to settle this question once and for all.”

“Relations between India and Pakistan, if we dig closer, dig deeper, I can confidently say that the relations between the two nations are improving on a daily basis, which makes me very happy. But this Kashmir question, this question saddens us deeply. It upsets both the countries involved. And surmounting the Kashmiri challenge will contribute tremendously to global peace,” Indian Express quoted Erdogan.

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