<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived here on Sunday evening on a two-day visit to hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on key issues ranging from India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to cooperation in terrorism and trade. Since the fulcrum of the Islamic world has moved away from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to Turkey and Iran of late, Erdogan’s visit assumes significance and is part of the Modi government’s efforts to build bridges with the Muslim world after the PM’s successful tours to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iran.Talking exclusively to DNA, Ilnur Cevik, a senior foreign policy adviser to the Turkish President, said Modi and Erdogan have developed a personal chemistry that will be put to work to strengthen relations between the two countries. With Turkey being a member of the NSG, the issue of India’s membership bid for the elite group is likely to figure during the talks between the two leaders. “We feel that we are also interested in nuclear as well as defence cooperation with India. We also seek peaceful use of nuclear technology. So, I don’t think Turkey has any objection at all to India’s membership to the NSG,” he said.Cevik praised Modi for being the first foreign leader who supported Erdogan against a failed military coup in that country on July 15, 2006. “Unlike the West, which was watching and even waiting for the coup to succeed, it was Modi who rang up Erdogan and expressed relief at the failure of the coup,” he said. Admitting that Turkey has close relations with Pakistan, Cevik said both the relations were independent of each other, like India’s relations with other countries.Turkey had blamed Fethullah Gulen Organisation (FETO) for the coup and said the outfit has “infiltrated” into India and is engaged in various charitable works. Calling FETO a “secretive transnational criminal network” with a global presence, Cevit added that there was a need for India to take action and check the organisation’s associations.
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