Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently won a controversial referendum that unabled him with some overwhelming powers. Now he is on two day visit to india. President Erdogan will be received by India's President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. They will discuss in today's meet ways to improve bilateral economic and trade ties of the countries. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the meet is going to be crucial in view of the crisis in Syria and support for India's membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
Here are the 5 highlights from President Erdogan itinerary:
The last visit of President Erdogan in India was in 2008, at that time he was the Prime Minister of Turkey. Before a meeting with PM modi, he will meet Vice President Hamid Ansari. He will meet PM Modi in Hyderabad House on Monday. The top agenda of this meeting will be discussing India's membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Various issue based problems which are related to regional security, counter-terrosism, intelligence sharing situation in the Middle East, particularly Syria's refugee problem are likely to be discussed in the meeting between PM Modi and President Erdogan.
China opposed India from becoming the member of NSG but Turkey has made it clear on every point that it does not have any objection to India becoming a member of the NSG. Earlier Turkey also supported India's membership in the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
In the meeting, Ilnur Cevik who is a senior adviser to President Erdogan, mentioned that "We feel that we also are interested in nuclear cooperation with India and all other peaceful countries that seek peaceful use of nuclear technology. So, I don't think Turkey at all has any objection to India's membership."
In the meet further Ruchi Ghanashyam, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said, Both India and Turkey have been battling terrorism for long and understand the need for acting against this global menace. We have always emphasised that India-Turkey relations stand on their own footing and, we believe the Turkish side reciprocates our sentiment."