The statement regarding Speaker Şentop’s telephone conversation is as follows:
“H.E. Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of the GNAT has made a telephone conversation with Asad Qaiser, Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, today (August 9th) upon his request.
The telephone conversation involved India’s decision to change the special statute of Jammu-Kashmir and H.E. Qaiser gave information regarding the developments on this matter.
Our Speaker has stated that Turkey does not approve ex parte steps which would increase the tension at the region to be taken and the news regarding a large number of troops are being dispatched to the region, hundreds of Kashmiris including local leaders are taken into custody and a communication blackout is applied at the terrritory increases our concerns, our nation is sensitive to protecting legitimate rights of the people of Jammu-Kashmir and we are in solidarity with them; Turkey sincerely supports the solution of the issue between parties through dialogue and on the basis of international law.”