Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan To Visit India on April 30

Barely two weeks after winning a historic referendum favouring constitutional reforms for Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan is due in India on Sunday April 30, enroute Russia, China and UN after which he will attend a NATO met in Brussels in May.

Officials say the talks will aim to coordinate efforts on tackling terrorism and also discuss India’s bid for NSG membership.

Turkey is not opposed to India’s NSG ambitions and maintains that the bloc should make room for countries who are not signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty(NPT). China stands opposed to India’s membership to NSG citing that we are not signatory to NPT.

Regional Security, according to the Secretary (West) to External Affairs Ministry Ruchi Ghanshyam is high on agenda.

A failed coup last year to topple Erdogan has been blamed on Fetullah Gulan Terrorist Organisation(FETO) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, during his India visit last year said “Unfortunately , the FETO has infiltrated India through associations and schools”

Other topics to be taken up include situation in the Middle East especially Syria, Ghanshyam said

It is not clear if Jammu Kashmir issue given Turkey’s support to Pakistan, will be touched upon.

Apart from holding talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Turkish President will also meet Indian counter part Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari.

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