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Kerala, Turkey to explore ties in tourism, agriculture

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with Turkish Ambassador to India Firat Sunel. Image Credit: Pinarayi Vijayan/FB

Kerala and Turkey will explore the possibility of strengthening cooperation in tourism, culture and agriculture sectors.

Turkish Ambassador to India Firat Sunel, who met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the state capital, discussed the opportunities in these sectors and said that Turkey is seriously considering launching direct flights of Turkish Airlines between Istanbul and Kochi.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Ambassador lauded Kerala’s achievements in the tourism sector. Meanwhile, Industries Minister P Rajeev said besides tourism, Kerala will explore joining hands with Turkey on food processing and spice trade. “More discussions will be held at the bureaucratic level in this regard. The Ambassador has promised to visit Kerala again,” the Minister said.

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