Vice President leaves on a 6-day visit

New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari today left for Ankara as part of a six-day visit to Turkey that is aimed at giving a fillip to trade and commerce with India and further bolster bilateral ties. During the visit, India would look at cooperation in sectors like infrastructure, IT, automobiles and engineering.

Ansari`s visit is also likely to give a boost to the efforts for setting up a free trade agreement between India and Turkey, officials said.

A joint study group is currently examining the feasibility of this measure. Bolstering of bilateral and trade relations will top the agenda of Ansari`s visit.

The delegation accompanying the Vice President includes Minister for Social Welfare and Justice Mukul Wasnik, senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury and MPs Ranjitsingh Vijaysinh Patil, Vijay Pal Singh and Imgrid McLeod, along with a group of Indian businessman.

The Vice President is also accompanied by his wife Salma Ansari.

Ansari will also be participating in a business forum at the Turkish Chamber of Businessmen and Industrialists at Istanbul where he will talk about Indo-Turkish economic and commercial cooperation and the opportunities available in India, to an audience which will include both Turkish and Indian business captains.

Briefing reporters about the visit, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs Madhusudan Ganpathi said the whole gamut of international and regional issues of mutual interest will come up during the visit.