In rare cen­sure, In­dia chides Turkey for Syria of­fen­sive

Ankara Back­ing Pak On Kash­mir Irked New Delhi Spruced up & for­ti­fied, TN tem­ple town awaits Xi, Modi

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Front Page - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK In­drani.Bagchi @times­group.com

New Delhi: In a rare move, In­dia on Thurs­day openly crit­i­cised Turkey’s mil­i­tary ac­tion against Kurds in Syria, in what is read as part of In­dia’s re­sponse to Ankara’s per­sis­tent back­ing of Pak­istan, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the scrap­ping of J&K’s spe­cial sta­tus and the re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of the state into two UTs.

Weigh­ing in on the un­fold­ing events in West Asia, In­dia called on Re­cep Er­do­gan- ruled Turkey to “ex­er­cise re­straint and re­spect the sovereignt­y and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Syria”. In a stern state­ment, MEA spokesper­son Raveesh Ku­mar said, “Turkey’s ac­tions can un­der­mine sta­bil­ity in the re­gion and the fight against ter­ror. Its ac­tion also has the po­ten­tial for caus­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and civil­ian dis­tress.”

Turkey’s ac­tion against the Kurds, whom it holds re­spon­si­ble for ter­ror­ism on its soil, is seen to carry the risk of re­lease of hun­dreds of Is­lamic State fight­ers who have been held in north­ern Syria. The ac­tion, which has the back­ing of the US, is read as Turkey’s se­lec­tive con­dem­na­tion of ter­ror.

Ma­mal­la­pu­ram: Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping will brave chal­leng­ing roads on Fri­day af­ter­noon when he drives into this Tamil Nadu town in his Hongqi L5 sedan (like the US pres­i­dent and his ‘Beast’, Xi too rides in his own se­cure ve­hi­cle). The gov­ern­ment is work­ing hard to en­sure se­cu­rity and beau­tify the tem­ple town, while the Coast Guard keeps a watch­ful eye off shore.

Tamil Nadu CM E K Palaniswam­i reached Ma­mal­la­pu­ram on Thurs­day evening with his en­tourage to over­see ar­range­ments. A Chi­nese se­cu­rity team is al­ready here to check things out for Xi.

Stu­dents wear masks of Xi Jin­ping in Chen­nai on Thurs­day

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