India,Turkey agree terror has no religion

India,Turkey agree terror has no religion

But President Mukherjee rules out third party intervention to push Pakistan

A day after he delivered a tough message to Turkey about its traditional ally Pakistan’s 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 President’s 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 Belgium’s support to and addressing Turkey’s concerns about India’s bid for membership of export control regimes.

His tough talk against Pakistan in interviews to European TV channel ‘Euronews’ and Turkish newspaper ‘Today’s Zaman’ before his departure dominated the headlines during the visit,coming as it did shortly after PM Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in New York.