Events in Kashmir hurt our conscience: Erdogan

In Pakistan on a two-day visit, Turkish President RecepTayyipErdogan today raked up Kashmir issue twice, expressing concern over the violence saying events there continue to "hurt our conscience.
Events in Kashmir hurt our conscience: Erdogan

In Pakistan on a two-day visit, Turkish President RecepTayyipErdogan today raked up Kashmir issue twice, expressing concern over the violence saying events there continue to "hurt our conscience."

Erdogan, whose country shares a warm and traditional relationship with Pakistan, also offered Turkey's cooperation in resolving the issue while he felt the resolution of the dispute lies in dialogue between India and Pakistan.

"The events in Kashmir continue to hurt our conscience," he said in his address to a joint session of the Pakistan Parliament which was attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif besides Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh among others.

"We are aware of the distress and suffering of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters. We are deeply concerned about the increase of tension," he said.

He said the situation in Kashmir once again demonstrated the importance and the urgency of the solution of this issue.

The resolution of this dispute lies in dialogue between Pakistan and India for which Turkey is ready to extend any cooperation, he added.

He said the international community should exert further efforts in order to solve this issue, which has political and humanitarian dimensions, according to justice and law.

Earlier, the Turkish President said the suffering of Kashmiris "can no longer be ignored" as he called on the two countries to resolve the issue through dialogue.

Erdogan made the remarks after he held detailed talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Addressing a joint press conference, the Turkish President told the media that during his one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Sharif they talked about the situation in Kashmir.

"Our brothers and sisters in Kashmir are suffering because of escalating tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) and Kashmir, which can no longer be ignored," Erdogan said.

He stressed on the importance of dialogue to address the thorny issue.

"The Kashmir issue needs to find a resolution for itself following a dialogue between Pakistan and India," Erdogan said.

He thanked Pakistan for siding with Turkey's elected government during a failed coup bid earlier this year.

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