Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is in India for his two-day visit met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday morning at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Erdogan was given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan. This is Erdogan’s first visit to India as the Turkish President and during his visit, many key issues are likely to be discussed between the two countries. He had won a referendum on April 16 which gave him more executive powers as the President.
Economic ties, cooperation in the fight against terrorism and talk on Turkey’s support to India in its bid to become a member of the coveted Nuclear Supplier’s Group are expected to dominate the bilateral talks while the issue of Kashmir can also feature in the talks. Turkey shares a close relation with Pakistan and has been in the news for its stance on Kashmir. After the ceremonial reception, President Erdogan will also lay a wreath at the Rajghat, MEA sources told the news agency ANI.
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He will also meet Vice President Hamid Ansari and Erdogan’s official engagements also include a call on by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The Turkish President is being accompanied by a delegation of 150 people who will attend a Business Event and interact with industry captains. During his stay, there will be also a conferment of the Honorary Degree on President Erdogan by the Jamia Milia Islamia University.
Erdogan visited India in 2008 when he was the Prime Minister of Turkey. His second visit comes exactly 11 years later after being elected as the Presiden the of nation. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has directed security agencies to ensure that he be provided with the highest security cover in the wake of threats from the ISIS. The IB has even demanded that his aircraft be guarded at all times during his stay in the capital as per the reports by ANI. The agency stated that a special request to allow officers deployed for his personal security to carry weapons has also been placed.