Turkey and India agree to enhance cooperation

Turkey and India on Monday signed 11 agreements to enhance cooperation during a visit by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to Ankara.

Mukherjee, the first Indian head of state to visit Turkey in 15 years, met with top Turkish officials, including President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkish and Indian officials signed the cooperation agreements after talks between Mukherjee and Gül. Most of the 11 agreements were between Turkish and Indian universities. Others were signed by the state broadcasters of Turkey and India, as well as the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and India’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Prior to the meeting with Gül, Mukherjee and the delegation accompanying him visited visit Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, on Monday morning.

The Indian president then traveled to the Çankaya presidential palace, where he was received by his Turkish counterpart at an official ceremony.

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