Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia website: monitoring group

PM Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

PM Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan said there should be no permanent or non-permanent seats in the UN. It says over 111,000 websites were blocked as of May previous year. India-Turkey trade stands at Dollars 6.4 billion.

The Turkey Blocks group, which has dubbed itself an independent "digital transparency project", said users in the country have been unable to access the site since yesterday morning.

Modi and Erdogan then addressed a business summit organised by industry bodies CII, Ficci and Assocham in which both leaders called for boosting India-Turkey trade and economic ties.

"My dear friend, Mr Prime minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan is an individual with whom I have been discussing these issues at length and I know that he is a man of good intention", the Turkish president said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in India on Sunday, days after scoring big on a historic referendum in Turkey over extensive presidential powers.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral trade talks with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today in New Delhi, on the latter's second visit to the nation.

Earlier in the day, President Pranab Mukherjee and Modi received Erdogan at Rashtrapati Bhavan where he was accorded a ceremonial welcome with guard of honour.

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He insisted that Erdogan had crossed many "red lines" that would bar membership, including the imprisonment of journalists, undue pressure on the opposition, and the referendum to make the presidency more powerful.

"Both India and Turkey have been battling terrorism for long and understand the need for acting against this global menace", Ghanashyam said.

Calling the FETO a "secretive transnational criminal network" with presence around the world, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, during a visit here previous year, had said, "Unfortunately, the FETO has also infiltrated India through associations and schools".

Replying to questions on the Kurdish problem in Turkey, he said it could not be compared with the Kashmir issue.

A block affecting all language editions of the website in Turkey was detected from 0500 GMT after an administrative order by the Turkish authorities, the Turkey Blocks monitoring group, which watches internet restrictions in the country, said in a statement.

After a failed coup in July previous year to topple the president, Turkey had blamed Fethullah Gulen Terrorist Organisation (FETO) for it and said the outfit has "infiltrated" India.

"It would be good to start free trade agreement (FTA) talks, which would add further momentum to our relations", he said.

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