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Turkish Foreign Minister says FETO, mastermind of coup has ‘infiltrated’ India

He says that the “secretive transnational criminal network”, FETO which is present around the world, has infiltrated India through associations and schools

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Sushma Swaraj with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in New Delhi on Friday Image Source: The Hindu
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  • The Minister says that the “secretive transnational criminal network”, FETO which is present around the world, has infiltrated India through associations and schools
  • On July 15, the clandestine faction led by FETO within the Turkish Army attempted to stage a coup to overthrow the democratically elected government
  • The minister also expressed concern over the situation in Syria as Turkey is directly impacted by the conflict there and violence in the region

August 22,2016: During his first official visit to India, Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey claims that Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO), blamed for the failed coup to topple President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, has “infiltrated” India.

He says that the “secretive transnational criminal network”, FETO which is present around the world, has infiltrated India through associations and schools.

“In all countries where FETO has a presence, we ask them to take immediate actions to remove them from their territories,” said the minister to PTI.

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After holding talks with Sushma Swaraj, the Turkish Foreign Minister said in an interview with PTI, “I have already taken up this issue with my counterpart.”

According to the PTI report, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the Indian side is “sensitive” to Turkish concerns and Indian security agencies were “looking into” Ankara’s demand for closure of associations connected with FETO which were carrying out illegal activities.

Crowds cheers for Erdogan after unsuccesful military coup attempt. Image Source: www.voanews.com
Crowds cheers for Erdogan after unsuccesful military coup attempt. Image Source: www.voanews.com
  • On July 15, the clandestine faction led by FETO within the Turkish Army attempted to stage a coup to overthrow the democratically elected government.
  • More than 240 people died and over 1,500 others were injured as fallout of the failed coup.
  • The President of Turkey, Erdogan had blamed US-based cleric Gulen, who currently lives in self-imposed exile in the US, for the attempted coup last month.

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“We appreciate the prompt support to our democratically elected government by my Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister Swaraj,” the minister added.

The minister also expressed concern over the situation in Syria as Turkey is directly impacted by the conflict there and violence in the region.

He said that the much-needed political transition in Syria is only possible if the international community works together. He also added that it is not only a prerequisite to end the conflict, but also essential to fight terrorism.

As sharing information and cooperating to eliminate all forms and manifestations of terrorism is important to eliminate the threat both the countries face, Cavusoglu said, “Therefore, exchange of information regarding these threats and bilateral and multilateral cooperation and solidarity against terrorism is crucial.”

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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All You Need To Know About India’s Strategic Chabahar Port

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border.

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Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons

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  • The Chabahar Port is of great strategic importance for India
  • It is in Iran and is being built and operated by India
  • This port will increase India’s trade with Central Asia and Europe

The Chabahar Port is a seaport in Chabahar, which is on the Gulf of Oman, near Iran-Pakistan border. Chabahar is the trans-shipment and logistics hub for the Makran Coast and Baluchistan province of Iran.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The tension between India and Pakistan is nothing new. There are several instances where both the countries have tried to obstruct each other’s political or economic agendas. This obstruction, along with other strategic reasons, resulted in the India and Iran’s deal on the Chabahar Port, which is crucial because of several reasons.

Here are few things about it you may not have known before :

  • Under the Trilateral Transit and Transport Agreement of 2016, the Chabahar port is the gateway to the Transport Corridor between India, Iran and Afghanistan, which allows multi-modal goods’ and passengers’ transport.

Also Read: India and Iran sign agreement to develop Chabahar Port

  • The agreement also states that India will develop and operate two berths in the first phase of the port. The contract is for 10 years and extendable. This time period excludes the first two years as they will be used for construction.
Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port’s first phase, which was developed by India, and inaugurated by Iran on 4th December 2017, is of great strategic importance as it makes it easier for India to conduct trade with Central Asia and Europe.
  • Iran’s Chabahar port is also important for India’s trade because of Pakistan’s reluctance in allowing India to send goods to Iran and Afghanistan through its land territory.

Also Read: Gwadar Port: China Turning Pakistan Port Into Regional Giant 

  • The development of Chabahar Port will increase the momentum of the International North-South Transport Corridor whose signatories include India, Afghanistan and Russia. Iran is the key gateway in this project. It will improve India’s trade with Central Asia as well as Europe.
    The Chabahar Port has also reduced Afghanistan’s dependence on the transit road, which went through Karachi. Now, trade can be conducted via Chabahar Port too. Islamabad has accused India of trying to use this development as a means to destabilise Pakistan.

    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
    The Chabar Port is the said to be the counter to the Gwadar Port. Wikimedia Commons
  • The Chabahar Port also acts as a counter to the barely 100 km away, Gwadar port in Pakistan, which is developed by China. However, Iran has defended that Chabahar is not a rival to Gwadar and Pakistan is invited to join in its development.
  • In October 2017, India sent its first shipment of wheat to through Chabahar to Afghanistan, in order to test the viability of the route.
  • India will also construct a 900-km Chabahar-Zahedan-hajigak railway line that will connect Port of Chabahar to Hajigak in Afghanistan. It will also connect Mashad in the north, providing access to Turkmenistan as well as northern Afghanistan.This project is worth $1.6 billion.

    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehrain. Wikimedia Commons
    India will supply $400 million worth of steel rails to Tehran. Wikimedia Commons
  • It is being said that India will supply $400 million of steel rails to Tehran. There are also possibilities of setting up a fertilizer plant through a joint venture with the Iranian government.