Jamia Millia Islamia confers doctorate on Turkish President Erdogan for his contribution to world peace

Jamia Millia Islamia today in an special convocation conferred Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his contribution in strengthening international cooperation, peace and diplomacy.

The degree was conferred by JMI Chancellor, Lt. Gen (Retd.) MA Zaki, while Vice Chancellor, Professor Talat Ahmad read out the citation and said that when talking about Indo-Turkish relations, Jamia Millia Islamia's role was hard to ignore given that Dr MA Ansari was one of those who led the Indian Medical Mission to Turkey to treat Ottoman soldiers wounded in the 1912-13 Balkan Wars.

President Erdogan said that he was delighted to accept the honorary degree from a university which has played a significant role not only in India's freedom movement but has also supported the Khilafat movement in the 1920s, while standing by the Turkish people and its founders.

Citing the commonness and familiarity between the Indian and Turkish cultures, he said that culture and education were potential areas which could take the relationship between both countries to the next level.

He strongly advocated for India's membership in the UN Security Council and added that the international order cannot be called in untill India's 1.3 billion people are given representation in the world body.

ERDOGAN BATS FOR INDIA'S UN MEMBERSHIP

Calling the current UN Security Council structure as arbitrary, he said that it was set up to address the crisis emanating from the Second World War but now the situation has changed drastically. It therefore requires thorough reconstruction to address the current geo-political reality of the world.

"Only five permanent members of the Council are deciding the fate of the entire world which is not fair", he added.

Talking about terrorism, the Turkish President said that the menace has to be fought collectively and it was unfair to associate it with any one specific religion.

Naming al Qaeda and ISIS, he said that indulging in acts of terrorism in the name of Islam was nothing but blasphemy.

TURKEY ON REFUGEE CRISIS

President Erdogan said that since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Turkey opened its doors to refugees from all neighbouring countries. He said that the international community also has a responsibility to do something for them. Turkey has made a conscientious effort to help them as "we should not become tyrants" by becoming indifferent to the sufferings of others.

Terming his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as 'very fruitful', he said that Turkey is keen to expand trade and commercial ties with India.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ahmad who is an eminent earth scientist urged President Erdogan to support the university in research on Earthquake Risk Management for which Turkish universities are world renowed.

The convocation was attended by a 90-member strong Turkish delegation accompanying the President were Turkish Ambassador to India, Shakir Ozkan Torunlar, Saudi Ambassador Saud Mohammad Al-Sati, officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and heads of various diplomatic missions in Delhi.