INDIA, TURKEY DISCUSS WAYS TO BOOST COOPERATION IN KEY AREAS

NEW DELHI, -- India and Turkey on Friday discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in key areas of security, days after Turkish government had requested closure of all institutions connected with Fethullah Gulen, blamed for last month's failed coup to topple President Tayyip Erdogan.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that during their wide-ranging talks, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Turkish counterpart

Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is here on his first official visit, reviewed views of bilateralrelations and exchanged views on important global and regional issues of mutual interest.

"There were discussions also on the terrorist attacks in Turkey and the internal developments in Turkey, including the recent coup attempt. In this context, the Turkish side briefed about the role of Fethullah Gulen-led organisation (FETO) in the attempted coup," an official source said.

Earlier this month, Turkey had asked India to act against the institutions affiliated to the network of Fethullah Gulen, to which India had said that it

was "looking into" the request.

On the multilateral front, there were discussions on the need for reform in UN Security Council, sources said, adding India's application for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) also featured during the meeting.

On the economic front, priority was given on convening the next session of Joint Economic Commission (JEC), which has been a very useful bilateral mechanism to discuss ways for increasing the bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

The annual bilateral trade last year was US$6.3 billion.

Other areas of bilateral interests were cooperation in the fields of culture, education, energy, and tourism.

Source: Name News Network