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
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