The Government of India (GoI) has decided to call off the expected visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ankara, Turkey over Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan’s UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) PM Modi’s decision on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
As per sources, the visit which had been discussed between PM Modi and Erdogan in Osaka in June last, it is unlikely to take place by year-end, as planned previously.
Reasons for cancelling the trip
India’s sharp remarks on Ankara’s military operations in Syria made this week. Also expected the decision to cancel the selection of Turkey’s Anadolu shipyard to build naval support ships for it. Adding to it, Turkey’s condemnation over the decision on Kashmir has contributed to the cancellation of the trip.
Speaking regarding the same, the Ministry of External Affairs officials said no such visit by the Prime Minister has been made under discussion.
Contrary to it, Turkey’s Ambassador to India Şakir Özkan Torunlar had earlier told to a leading daily, Modi’s visit was expected by his government. The meeting had been discussed recently. Alternative date proposals on the PM Modi’s schedule from the South Block are awaited in the next couple of months
A $2.3 billion tender admitted to Turkey’s Anadolu Shipyard earlier this year to build five 45,000-tonne fleet support ships for the Hindustan Shipyard Limited is likely to be cancelled.
Another diplomatic sources have claimed that the rules for local procurement and security concerns over Anadolu’s work for the Pakistan navy were among the reasons for the likely cancellation.
One major factor which played a significant role in the cancellation of Turkey visit is Turkey’s recent statements and its financial assistance for Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on terror.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was put up during his address at the UNGA. he said it is necessary to solve the problem through a dialogue on the basis of justice, equity, therefore a collision is no answer to it.
Erdogan also said the stability and prosperity of South Asia cannot be separated from the Kashmir issue. To this, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India does not regret the Turkish president’s statements on a subject that is internal to India.