New Delhi, May 3: President Pranab Mukherjee welcomed his comrade Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his two-day visit to India. Mukherjee expressed his confidence on President Erdogan’s state visit which will impart new impetus to bilateral co-operation between India and Turkey.
President Mukherjee said, “Terrorism is a major threat to our societies. India unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. We believe that the international community should cooperate closely to address this menace. Collective, coordinated action by the international community against terrorism can no longer be postponed.”
He was also happy to note that the bilateral trade turnover between India and Turkey has grown manifold during the last ten years. Presently it is at the level of about USD 5 billion. However, the potential is much more.
Subsequently, in the banquet speech, Mukherjee appreciated the India and Turkey relations through its shared history, also the Turkish contribution to Indian art, architecture and cuisine, has been substantial.
The two emerging economies in a globalised world seek to enhance the economic co-operation to avail the current opportunities and build on our complementarities for our mutual benefit. India’s recent economic reforms and flagship initiatives have made an attractive business destination. India welcomes Turkish companies to invest in India - especially in the infrastructure sector where they have exceptional expertise.