The Indian Embassy in Turkey on Sunday celebrated the country’s 71st Republic Day with a reception in the capital Ankara.

The event hosted by Vanaja K. Thekkat, charge d’Affairs of the Indian embassy, was attended by senior Turkish officials, diplomats and the Indian community.

Sedat Onal, Turkey’s deputy foreign minister, in his speech, congratulated the people and government of India on the occasion.

“India is a key actor in the global scene and an important partner for Turkey,” he said.

Onal stressed that the “rising trends in economic and commercial cooperation” between Turkey and India, cultural relations, as well

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