PKONWEB Report (Islamabad) — Turkish ambassador to Pakistan Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul on Monday underscored the need for negotiations to find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue.
The Turkish envoy said that Istanbul is aligned with Islamabad’s stance on the Kashmir issue, as he stressed that “dialogue and not war” is the only solution to Pakistan-India problems.
Speaking at a press conference in the capital, Yurdakul said that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had condemned the Pulwama attack but underscored the need for negotiations to find a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue.
The ambassador said that Pakistani and Turkish foreign ministers, during a phone call, had declared the resolution of the Kashmir issue as imperative, adding that the two countries are in agreement on all bilateral matters.
Yurdakul acknowledged Pakistan’s central role in fight against terrorism, recalling that Pakistan backed Turkey in the face of every challenge and was among the first countries to declare Fethullah Gulen a terrorist.
“Pakistan and Turkey have been battling terrorism for the past 30 to 40 years, and taking indiscriminate action against all terrorist organizations,” he said.
The Turkish ambassador questioned where those raising voices from the European Union were when the “two countries were passing through challenges”.
China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday said the regional situation was serious and, if not addressed expediently, could have serious implications for peace and security of the entire region.
He also acknowledged Pakistan’s invaluable contributions in the fight against terrorism and said that the country has paid a heavy price for its role.
Earlier in the day, the European Union and Germany also urged Pakistan and India to take immediate steps to de-escalate the heightened tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
Last week, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres also called on India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution if both sides agree to UN mediation.
The New York Times reports that India has moved thousands of new troops into the valley, where they have taken up positions in towns, along the highways and in snow-dusted apple orchards. Families are fleeing border areas. Fuel and food supplies are running out. An Indian government directive ordered doctors to “gear up their Rapid Response Teams” for “any untoward eventuality.”
The ceasefire line (Line of Control) dividing the Himalayan state of Kashmir remains, in the words of former US president Bill Clinton, “the most dangerous place in the world”.
The Himalayan region of Kashmir is claimed by both India and Pakistan and the two fought three wars over it since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947.