Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday deeply appreciated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for raising his voice in support of the rights of the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) during his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
In a tweet, the premier shared part of Erodgan's speech and said Turkey's unwavering support remains a source of strength for the Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination.
Deeply appreciate President Erdogan once again raising his voice in support of the rights of the Kashmiri people during his address to UNGA. Turkey’s unwavering support remains a source of strength for the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for self determination. pic.twitter.com/RIBJAIUpty— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 23, 2020
A day earlier, the Turkish president raised the Jammu and Kashmir issue in his address to the UNGA, calling for the resolution of the decades-old dispute between Pakistan in India in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
Addressing the 193-member gathering on Tuesday, Erdogan reminded the international community that the Kashmir dispute was still a “burning issue”, while the unilateral steps taken by India on August 5 last year further complicated the problem.
“The Kashmir conflict, which is also key to the stability and peace of South Asia, is still a burning issue,” Erdogan said. “Steps taken following the abolition of the special status of Jammu-Kashmir further complicated the problem,” he added.
“We are in favour of solving this issue through dialogue, within the framework of the United Nations resolutions and especially in line with the expectations of the people of Kashmir,” the Turkish leader said.