Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP)
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on his first foreign visit to India after assuming the position as the President. On top of his agenda are, trade negotiations and India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and counter terrorism. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a bilateral talk with Mr Erdogan in Delhi's Hyderabad House. Towards the end of the talk, both the country heads are expected to present a joint statement. He was given a ceremonial welcome by President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Modi this morning. India and Turkey have called for aggressive efforts to deepen economic relations. One of the major highlights the Turkish President's visit were his controversial remarks on the Kashmir issue
. He suggested a "multi-lateral dialogue". Ahead of his arrival in India last evening he had offering to mediate between India and Pakistan. India has always firmly ruled out third party mediation on Kashmir.
An agreement on cultural exchange programme for 2017-2020 was signed.
Two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) was signed. One between the Foreign Services Institute (FSI) of India and the Diplomacy Academy of Turkey and another on cooperation in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT).
India and Turkey signed three agreements post delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan here.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay later tweeted, "#IndiaTurkey sign three agreements in the fields of ICT, training and culture"
Terrorist will be drowned in the blood they shed: Turkish President Erdogan
India- Turkey trade needs to increase manifold: Erdogan
The trade volume is around $5.6 billion. That's not enough. We've to increase it to $10 billion
Turkish President Erdogan showers praise on India
- India is strategically a very important country. Turkey is invested in expanding its relations with India
- We have talked about how we can further our bilateral relations with India
Turkey will always be by the side of India in full solidarity while battling terrorism: Turkish President Erdogan
Terrorist networks need to be disrupted: PM Modi
- Nations of the world need to work as one to disrupt terrorist netwrks and their financing, and put a stop to cross border movement of terrorists
- They also need to stand and act against those who create, support, shelter and spread terrorism
- President and I decided to work together to strengthen cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to effectively counter this menace.
We need to approach the entire landscape of business opportunities in a strategic and long-term manner: PM Modi
- Encourage stronger partnership of Turkish because with our flagship programs and tap into diverse and unique opportunities inherent in rapidly growing India
- President and I are clear that strengths of our economies present an enormous opportunity to expand and deepen our commercial linkages
PM Modi evokes the historical connection between India and Turkey
- Your visit gives us the opportunity to reciprocate the warmth
- While Rumi found refuge in Turkey, his legacy continues to enrich India
The people of India and Turkey have ties of culture and history. It has connected our countries for hundreds of years.
PM Modi begins his joint address with Turkey President Erdogan
Turkish President thanks India for a warm welcome
India's entry into Nuclear group NSG is high on agenda Of PM Modi-Erdogan meet
Discussions on India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and counter terrorism are high on the agenda in Erdogan's talks with PM Modi.
This is Turkish President Erdogan's first foreign visit after winning a controversial referendum on April 16 that further consolidated his executive powers.