Updated: June 10, 2022 10:31 p.m. STI
Ankara [Turkey]Jun 10 (ANI): The eleventh session of India-Turkey Foreign Ministry Consultations (FOC) was held in Ankara on Friday, where the two countries exchanged views on bilateral and global issues .
Secretary to the Western External Affairs Minister, Sanjay Verma, led the Indian delegation for the FOC. Taking to Twitter, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi wrote, “Secretary West @SanjayVermalFS led the Indian delegation for the 11th Session of the India-Turkey Foreign Ministry Consultations which held in Ankara today. Useful exchange of views on bilateral, multilateral and global issues”.
The last round of consultations took place on May 8, 2019 in New Delhi. During the visit, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal had a meeting with Gitesh A Sarma, Secretary (West), in New Delhi on May 8, 2019, within the framework of the Ministry’s Institutional Consultations Mechanism Foreign Affairs.
Deputy Foreign Minister Onal and Secretary (West) held cordial discussions on various aspects of bilateral relations, including discussing opportunities to strengthen trade and investment relations. Currently, bilateral trade stands at approximately USD 8.6 billion with a target of reaching USD 10 billion by 2020.
Other aspects such as improving cultural interaction, tourism and people-to-people contacts were also addressed. The two sides also reviewed the situation in their respective regions and also exchanged views on several multilateral issues.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FOC) consultations at the secretary level between the two countries were institutionalized by a protocol signed in April 2000.
The 4th meeting of the Joint Counter-Terrorism Task Force was held in Ankara on July 4, 2019. A new bilateral mechanism “India-Turkey Policy Planning Dialogue” was institutionalized between the two Foreign Ministries, the first round being held virtually on October 22. , 2020.
India and Turkey have had close, friendly and deep-rooted ties for several centuries and share civilizational ties. Recent political exchanges have given new impetus to our bilateral relations and opened up several new avenues of cooperation. (ANI)