Turkey's Ayci declines Air India CEO role

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Turkey's Ilker Ayci has declined to take up the  post of the Chief Executive officer of Air India as many people in India were opposed to his appointment . 

  • He was announced as the CEO of Air India by the Tata Group which acquired it from the Government of India . 

  • Ilker Ayci  was a former chairman of Turkish Airlines,and was also an adviser in 1994 to Tayyip Erdogan when the Turkish President was mayor of Istanbul.

  • India does not  have a good relationship with Turkey as Tayyip Erdogan has consistently supported Pakistan on the Kashmir issue and has criticised India.

  • His Turkish connection and especially his link with Erdogan was seen as a security threat for India.

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