Turkish foreign minister meets his Indian counterpart

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ANKARA

In Tajikistan for a regional conference, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday met with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

“Discussed our relations and regional developments w/Foreign Minister @DrSJaishankar of #India,” Cavusoglu said on Twitter.

Turkey and India decided to “develop our relations particularly in economy and trade,” he added.

Jaishankar also said on Twitter: “Our discussions focused on Afghanistan-related developments and our bilateral relations.”

Cavusoglu on Sunday arrived in the Central Asian country for a three-day official visit to attend the 9th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, set for Tuesday.

The regional initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey, launched in 2011, has two chairs: permanent chair Afghanistan, and a different co-chair from among the member states each year.

It aims to promote regional security and economic and political cooperation centered on Afghanistan through dialogue and confidence-building measures.

According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Turkey ranked third among the countries which assisted Tajikistan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The total value of Turkish investments in the country between 2009 and 2019 was $200 million. In 2020 the bilateral trade volume was $322 million.

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