News Center -TDO- 26.01.2020 - A reception was held at the HiltonSA Hotel in Ankara on the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Republic of India, hosted by VanajaThekkat, the charge d'affaires of the Indian Embassy in Turkey.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Sedat Önal, Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group AK Party Bursa Deputy Efkan Ala, foreign mission chiefs in Ankara and invited guests attended the reception.
Charge d'affaires Thekkat, in his speech at the reception, offered his condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives in the earthquake in Elazığ.
"India believed in peaceful coexistence and tried to apply this policy in international relations,” said Thekkat, referring to India as "Gandhi's Homeland.” Thekkat said his country has made great progress in the fields of Education, Science, Health, IT and renewable energy.
Thekkat expressed that the relations between the two countries have historical ties and said that India was among the top 10 commercial partners of Turkey with recent high-level visits.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Sedat Önal congratulated the government and people of India on the 71st Republic Day.
Önal emphasized that India is a global actor, a rising trend in terms of economic and commercial cooperation and an important partner for Turkey.
Underlining the great potential of the two countries ‘relations, Deputy Minister Önal said: “In this respect, we have launched the“Asia again” initiative, which literally means refocusing on Asia. India has a special place."
Deputy Minister Önal said that bilateral trade volume has improved greatly in the last 20 years and that the leaders of the two countries are determined to reach the target of 10 billion dollars.
After the speeches, Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group AK Party Bursa Deputy Efkan Ala, Deputy Minister Önal and Charge d'affaires Thekkat, cut the celebration cake.