Vice President Ansari to visit Turkey

New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari will lead a high level Indian delegation to Turkey from Monday, which is expected to give a fillip to trade and commerce between the two countries and further bolster bilateral ties. Minister for Social Welfare and Justice Mukul Wasnik, senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury and MPs Ranjitsingh Vijaysinha Patil, Vijay Pal Singh and Imgrid McLeod will accompany Ansari during the six-day visit.

A delegation of Indian businessman will accompany the Vice President. Ansari will also be participating in a Business Forum at the Turkish Chamber of Businessmen and Industrialists at Istanbul. Briefing reporters, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs Madhusudan Ganpathy said that India would look at cooperation in sectors like infrastructure, IT, automobiles and engineering. Ganpathi said the whole gamut of international and regional issues of mutual interest will be discussed during the visit.

This is the first high level Indian delegation visit to Turkey since 2003 when the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had gone there. Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had visited the country in 1998. He will hold discussions on a range of issues with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Vice President will hold delegation level talks with members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly led by its Speaker Camil Cicek.