Selava Omar – Xeber24.net – “Agencies”
The Indian government announced its rejection of what it described as “Turkish interference” in its internal affairs, specifically with regard to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
India’s delegate to the United Nations stated that his country rejects Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech in his speech to the General Assembly about the situation in Kashmir, considering this an unacceptable interference in Indian internal affairs.
He added that Ankara should learn to respect the sovereignty of states, and to reflect this in its policies.
The Indian condemnation of the Turkish interference in its affairs comes after reports by Indian media indicating that Turkey is now ranked second in the axis of anti-India activities, after Pakistan, pointing to evidence of Ankara’s involvement in supporting extremist organizations.
Informed sources told the Indian newspaper “Hindustan Times” that extremist organizations in the southwestern state of Kerala and in the disputed Kashmir region with Pakistan are receiving funding and support from groups loyal to the Turkish president.
A senior government official told the newspaper, who declined to be named, that the New Delhi government assessment concluded that Turkey has become involved in anti-India activities, and is second only to Pakistan.
The newspaper considered that “Erdogan’s attempt to expand his influence in the South Asian region comes within the framework of his strategy that presents him as the protector of Muslims in the world, and to show Turkey in the image of the new Ottomanism that others should follow.”
The “Hindustan Times” newspaper quoted security sources as saying that an extremist organization in Kerala was receiving Turkish funding for some time.
“We are aware that some members of this organization traveled to Qatar to meet with Turks in search of funding for their organization,” said the senior Indian government official.
During the beginning of this year, Turkey interfered in India’s affairs following the clashes that broke out against the background of the nationality law, not only through public statements, but also with money.
The newspaper reported that an Indian intelligence assessment concluded that Erdogan “supported the protests with money in order to continue.”