Chennai: Turkey is awaiting India's approval for increasing the frequency of flights connecting the two countries, a Turkish diplomat said here on Wednesday.

"We want to double the frequency of flights...," newly appointed Ambassador of Turkey to India Burak Akcapar told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here.

At present, a total of seven flights from Mumbai and Delhi connect India to Turkey, he added.

Asked whether new flight connecting Istanbul and Chennai would be introduced, he said that may also be included.

"We are still waiting for Indian government's approval," he said.

Earlier, addressing a seminar organised by FICCI on
'Opening up new vistas for Greater Economic and Trade Tie-Up', he said, "Economies of G20 countries are more... the present bilateral trade between Turkey and India is USD 6 billion... there is a potential to increase it."

Besides laying emphasis on increasing the trade volume, the Ambassador said there is potential to strengthen cultural relationship and the tourism sector.

Tamil Nadu Industries Secretary N Sundaradevan said the state was a "safe haven" for investors owing to ideal business climate and healthy socio-economic reforms.

Sundaradevan said India imports non-electrical machinery,
metalliferous ores and metal scrap, and gold, while it exports petroleum and crude products, transport equipment, manmade yarn fabric and plastic products to Turkey.

Inviting investors from Turkey to invest in the state, he said a number of new projects with total investments of Rs 26,000 crore were under various stages of finalisation.

Adviser to FICCI President and Former Secretary to the
President P Murari said Turkey may look upon certain sectors like textile, automotive, food processing, infrastructure and tourism for increasing the trade relations with India.

"We need technology transfer (from Turkey) to improve our own industry," he added.

(Agencies)