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Turkey President Tayyip Erdoğan expresses concern over India’s Kashmir move

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Pakistani counterpart discussed India’s scrapping of Kashmir’s special status on Aug. 5.

Prime Minister Imran Khan phoned Erdoğan to inform him about India’s latest move, said the Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate.

Erdoğan called on Pakistan and India to strengthen the dialogue process, the statement added.

“India’s illegal action of modifying the special status of Indian occupied Kashmirwill have serious implications for regional peace and security,” Khan said, according to a statement by his office.

Khan “reiterated that Pakistan would continue its diplomatic, moral and political support to the just cause of the Kashmiri struggle for their right to self-determination as enshrined in United Nations Security Council resolutions,” the statement added.

Erdoğan also shared his concerns over the situation and assured Khan of Turkey’s “steadfast support in this regard”.

India on Monday scrapped the special status granted to the country’s only Muslim-majority state which allowed it autonomy in exchange for joining the Indian union after independence in 1947

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