India deeply regrets statements by Turkey and Malaysia on Kashmir

NEW DELHI: India on Friday ‘deeply regretted’ recent statements from Turkey and Malaysia on Jammu and Kashmir saying the remarks were unwarranted as the issue pertains to the ‘internal matter’ of India.
“For Turkey, I can say we are friendly countries and therefore we deeply regret since August 6, there have been repeated statements by Turkish government,” MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters here.
Mr Kumar also asserted that the current development in Jammu and kashmir and Ladakh “is purely internal matter of India and does not involve any third country”.
“The government of Malaysia should bear in mind the friendly relation between our two countries and desist from making such remarks,” he said.
This issue is ‘completely internal matter of India’, he said adding such remarks from Turkish government are “factually incorrect and biased”.
“We call upon the government of Turkey to get a proper understanding of the situation on the ground before they make any further statements on this issue,” he said.
Mr Kumar said India has had “traditionally friendly ties” with Malaysia and in recent years the relations have only strengthened.
“Therefore, we were quite surprised and we deeply regrets the comments made by Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohammed. Again this is not based on facts and the facts of the matter (in Kashmir) have been articulated by External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all of us,” he said.
MEA spokesman highlighted that the state of Jammu and Kashmir signed the ‘instrument of accession’ like other princely states and ‘Pakistan invaded and illegally occupied parts of Jammu and Kashmir – a fact which has been recognised by the United Nations and the international community”.
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