Turkish varsity doctorate for Ansari

Konya (Turkey): Vice President Hamid Ansari was today conferred an honorary doctorate in International Relations by the Mevlana University here. Ansari, who is on a five-day visit to Turkey, was also conferred the honorary citizenship of Konya on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, he said both Turkey and India were important pillars of a seamless, borderless world of culture, art, spiritualism and philosophy that extended from Maghrib and Andulusia in the west to all corners of Asia.

Ansari said that if convergence characterised the spiritual realm, physical distance, infrequent contacts and complex considerations of statecraft conditioned political relations between our two countries in medieval times.