Turkish president Erdogan rakes up Kashmir at UN

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprisingly once again raked up the Kashmir issue during his address at the United Nations General Assembly, advocating for a resolution through dialogue between India and Pakistan. 

Erdogan stressed that resolving the Kashmir conflict peacefully would contribute to regional stability in South Asia.

During his speech, Erdogan refrained from mentioning United Nations resolutions or making a direct offer for mediation, aligning his position more closely with India’s view that the Kashmir dispute is a bilateral matter. This marks a shift from his previous statements on the issue. In 2020, Erdogan had referred to the Kashmir situation as a “burning issue” and criticized the revocation of the region’s special status. In the previous year, he asserted that despite UN resolutions, Kashmir remained besieged, with millions of people affected.