Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Monday accorded ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Erdogan will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on key bilateral and regional issues.
Beginning an important visit, President Erdogan receives ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.
Erdogan also visited the Raj Ghat to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
This is Erdogan’s first foreign visit after winning a controversial referendum on April 16 that further consolidated his executive powers.
Economic ties, cooperation in the fight against terrorism and talk on Turkey’s support to India in its bid to become a member in the coveted Nuclear Supplier’s Group are expected to dominate the bilateral talks.
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During his stay, there will be also a conferment of the Honorary Degree on President Erdogan by the Jamia Milia Islamia University.
Erdogan had visited India in 2008, when he was the prime minister. After eleven years as the Prime Minister, he was elected President in 2014.
On Sunday, Erdogan suggested a multilateral dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue to ensure peace in the region.
“We should not allow more casualties to occur (in Kashmir). By having a multilateral dialogue, (in which) we can be involved, we can seek ways to settle the issue once and for all,” he told WION news channel in an interview.