Dear Friends of Turkey:
It is a distinct honour for me
to serve as the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in New Delhi, accredited
to India, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan. I have the pleasure to report with full satisfaction that Turkey enjoys excellent relations with
India, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan.
Deep-rooted fellowship and affection between Turkey and India have been
manifest many times in our histories. In 1951, Turkey became the first country with which the newly independent India signed an
Agreement on Cultural Affairs. I am also pleased to recall that the Treaty of
Friendship between Turkey and India, which was signed in the same year, has
stipulated that “there shall be perpetual peace and friendship between the
Republic of Turkey and the Republic of India”.
Turkey is keen to intensify
our bilateral relations with India in all areas in accordance with the spirit
of this landmark Treaty of Friendship.
As a recognition of the historic friendship between Turkey
and India, two streets in Ankara have been named after the great statesmen and
friends of Turkey’s, Mahatma Gandhi-ji and Rabindranath Tagore. The official residence of the
Honourable Prime Minister of India in New Delhi sits on the Mustafa Kemal
Ataturk Marg on one side and Race Course road on the other.
Turkey and India are the two rising stars in their broad regions and indeed the world. We both
have strong democratic and secular political systems and traditions. There is significant potential for
cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats on
many regional and global issues.
It is a strategic goal for Turkey to
further develop and deepen her relations with India. To that effect we have
intensified the number of high level exchanges between Turkey and India
I firmly believe that the future holds great promise and potential for
deepening Turkish-Indian cooperation not just in politics, but also in other
key areas such as commerce, investments, science, aviation, tourism and
In my tenure in India my team and I will be continuing to work diligently in order to
substantiate and further uplift the already existing good relations between our
two friendly countries.
On behalf of my Embassy and myself, I extend my best
wishes to the friendly peoples of India, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan.