Congress opens office in Turkey, Appoints a Representative

The party justifies the act by saying it will boost bilateral relations

In a major embarrassment for Indians intrigued by the recent moves of Turkey on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, reports say that the Indian National Congress (INC) has opened an overseas office in Turkey.

The statement issued by the INC’s Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) on the Istanbul-based office identified party member Mohammad Yusuf Khan to preside over the IOC in Turkey. “[He] will help build IOC organization & institution in Turkey,” the statement said.

“In this capacity, you [Khan] will identify and work with qualified, capable, committed and concerned people to lead our various initiatives,” the statement added. For his part, Khan said his priority would be to polish bilateral relations between India and Turkey with emphasis on politics, culture, trade, tourism, education and health.

Turkey was one among the very few nations that supported Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir issue. India had defended Turkey’s stance saying the issue was an internal matter. The move by Indian National Congress that questions the very integrity of the party has further raged people in India.

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