President Erdoğan Attends Shanghai Cooperation Organization 2022

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a special guest at the invitation of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on September 14. 

Speaking at the meeting, President Erdoğan said, “Türkiye’s position as a bridge between the east and the west offers unparalleled opportunities. With this understanding, we stand ready for cooperation in every area including security, the economy, and energy as well as transportation, agriculture, and tourism. We will continue to contribute to the ongoing political and economic processes within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.” 

Extending gratitude to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan for his hospitality and congratulating Iran on its membership in the organization, President Erdoğan added, “Being the westernmost Asian and the easternmost European country, Türkiye has an exceptional location. We have millennium-long social, cultural and political ties with Asia. Since the launch of our “Asia Anew” initiative in 2019, we have been working to strengthen all aspects of our relations with Asia, our fatherland. We see the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as Asia’s climate of tolerance and cultural heritage associated with coming up with workable solutions.” 

President Erdoğan emphasized that global issues affect all nations around the world, and added, “We are faced with many challenges such as climate change, pandemic, energy and food supply security, terrorism, xenophobia and Islamophobia, racism, irregular migration, economic recession, and setbacks in supply chains. We can overcome these challenges through a global understanding of cooperation and understanding.” During the summit, President Erdoğan also held bilateral meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Established in 2001, the eight-member organization aims to strengthen neighborly relations and mutual trust among member states.

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