2/11/2008

Times of India: ''Turkey for closer ties with India''

The Times of India - As Turkey and India rediscover their common values, economic and strategic interests, two secular democracies are reaching out to each other across an arc of instability to build a better economic and political relationship. After the visit by Ali Babacan, Turkey's foreign minister, which included a virtual Bharat darshan through Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi and Agra, in an exclusive chat with Times of India , Babacan said "Turkey and India are taking a fresh look at our relations." "We find a lot of economic synergies with India, so we have proposed a free-trade agreement with India," said Babacan. "We have seen a mutual willingness, and officials will soon examine the idea."