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PM Narendra Modi, Turkish president Recep Erdogan meeting: Key highlights

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New Delhi: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Monday accorded ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on key bilateral and regional issues.

Erdogan, who arrived in New Delhi on Sunday evening, on a day-long visit, seems to have created a stir by calling for “multilateral dialogue” on the Kashmir dispute, something India has always sought to bilaterally sort out with its rival Pakistan. He made the comment in an interview to WION news channel ahead of his 30 April-1 May visit.

Here are the major developments related to Erdogan’s India visit so far:

■ The two leaders earlier addressed India-Turkey Business Forum with both Modi and Erdogan stressing on raising the current volume of bilateral trade.

India was never a more promising investment destination than it is today, said PM Modi. He also said that Turkish businessmen should take advantage of India’s low-cost manufacturing capabilities.

Modi also invited Turkish companies to invest in sectors like rail, ports, airport, textile, auto, energy, tourism and housing.

PM Modi also said that India-Turkey bilateral trade has gone up to $6.4 billion in 2016 from $2.8 billion in 2008. (PTI)

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■ External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj earlier called on Erdogan, welcoming him before delegation-level talks, tweeted ministry’s spokesperson Gopal Baglay.

■ The Turkish president is accompanied by a business delegation with more than 100 members and is looking for an opportunity to push bilateral trade which is at $6.5 billion at the moment.

■ Politically, India and Turkey have many differences—on India’s bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) or on Turkey’s stance on Kashmir where it’s closer to Pakistan than to India.

■ This is Erdogan’s first foreign visit after winning a controversial referendum on 16 April that further consolidated his executive powers.

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