Turkish army chief on maiden India visit

March 31st, 2008 - 8:27 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Global terrorism and UN peacekeeping missions featured prominently during talks here Monday between the Indian Army chief, Gen. Deepak Kapoor, and his visiting Turkish counterpart Gen. Mehmet Ilker Basbug. “Both the chiefs shared a common platform on matters such as global terrorism and UN peacekeeping missions,” a defence ministry statement said.

“Both countries have pledged to improve military bilateral relations in terms of training at defence institutions,” the statement added.

This is the first time a Turkish army chief is visiting India.

Earlier Monday, Basbug laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial to the Unknown Soldier at India Gate. He was then accorded a guard of honour on his arrival at the defence ministry headquarters at South Block.

After his talks with Kapoor, Basbug met Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju, Indian Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta and Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major.

The visiting chief also visited the Defence Research and Development Organisation and the National Defence College.

India’s interaction with Turkey in the defence sector was revived in March 1986 when the then Turkish prime minister visited India. The following year, the defence attach

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