In A Big Snub To Erdogan After His Pro-Pakistan Stance, PM Modi Calls Off Scheduled Visit To Turkey

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he delivers his Independence Day speech from The Red Fort in New Delhi on August 15, 2016. Photo credit: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/GettyImages

With bilateral relations in a lurch following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to adopt an anti-India and pro-Pakistan stance over Kashmir Valley and the abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called off his trip to Turkey which was scheduled to happen at the end of October, reports Times Now.

The decision to call off the visit to Turkey comes immediately after Turkey's support to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary held in Paris, which helped the nefarious state of Pakistan to evade slipping into the dreaded blacklist for aiding terror financing and money laundering.

It should be noted that in response to Turkey's pro-Pakistan careening, PM Modi stepped up the engagement with heads of states of Turkey's rivals, namely, Greece, Cyprus and Armenia. PM Modi met with the leaders of the three nations on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on 27 September.

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PM Modi's visit to Turkey was otherwise supposed to be a two-day visit from 27-28 October, following from his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he will be attending a mega-investment summit.

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