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India-Turkey inks Three Agreements

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

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May 2, 2017

India and Turkey have signed three agreements following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's first foreign visit after winning the April 16 referendum that would transform Turkey into a presidential method of democracy.

The last visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to India was stated in 2008.

Altogether three agreements were signed by both sides around the fields of ICT, training and culture:

  • A legal contract for just a cultural exchange programme for the years and months 2017-2020 was signed.
  • A MoU was signed relating to the Foreign Services Institute (FSI) of India and the Diplomacy Academy of Turkey.
  • A MoU was signed for cooperation in the community of real information and communication technologies (ICT).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also assured India of Turkey's full support in the fight against terrorism as well India's bid for a perpetual seat at the UN Security Council.

During his visit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by your Jamia Millia Islamia university for his contribution to strengthen international cooperation, peace and diplomacy and for his extraordinary humanitarian aid to innumerable refugees.

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India and Turkey established diplomatic relations in 1948. Bilateral trade between both countries stands at $6.5 billion. Adjusted 2016, Turkey's exports to India stood at $652 million, while its imports were $5.75 billion. Both the countries have set a target of increasing the level of bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2020. Intelligence cooperation between Turkey and India over ISIS has increased in last few years, especially after it was found a large number of Indian nationals who attempted to travel to Syria travelled through Turkey.

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