A day after he delivered a tough message to Turkey about its traditional ally Pakistans involvement in cross-border terrorism and continuing infiltration,President Pranab Mukherjee said Tuesday there was convergence of views between India and Turkey that terrorists had no religion,no friends and all they wanted was wanton destruction.
On his way back from a six-day visit to Belgium and Turkey,Mukherjee told reporters Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed that terrorism was a menace threatening the world and it had to be dealt with individually and collectively.
He denied India wanted Turkey to influence Pakistan in dismantling the infrastructure of terror on its territory and said: Our approach in respect of Pakistan is that it is essentially a bilateral issue which is to be resolved within the framework of the Simla agreement. Therefore,the question of third party intervention does not arise.
The Presidents visit was substantive in terms of promoting bilateral economic engagements,giving a fresh momentum to the long-pending proposal for India-Turkey defence cooperation and gaining Belgiums support to and addressing Turkeys concerns about Indias bid for membership of export control regimes.
His tough talk against Pakistan in interviews to European TV channel Euronews and Turkish newspaper Todays Zaman before his departure dominated the headlines during the visit,coming as it did shortly after PM Manmohan Singhs meeting with Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in New York.