India and Turkey said on Monday that no reason or rationale can validate terrorism. In a joint press conference held by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, both the world leaders pitched for strong action against those who provide shelter and support to such forces.
PM Modi and visiting President Erdogan held comprehensive discussions and took stock of full range of bilateral relations, including political and economic.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, IndiaWe live in times where our societies face new threats and challenges every day. The context and contours of some of the existing and emerging security challenges globally are our common concern.
Modi also strongly pitched for the need to work as one to disrupt the terrorist networks and their financing and put a stop to cross-border movement of terrorists, in an obvious reference to Pakistan-based terror outfits.
In response, President Erdogan said:
My country will always be with India in its battle against terrorism. The terrorists will drown in the blood they shed.
Ahead of his visit to India, Erdogan had pitched for a multilateral dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue to ensure peace in the region.
The remarks are contrary to the position of India, which maintains that the Jammu and Kashmir issue is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan, and that there is no scope for a third party mediation.
This is Erdogan's first foreign tour after winning a controversial referendum on 16 April that further consolidated his executive powers.
The Turkish leader arrived in India on Sunday for a two-day visit.
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