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Turkiye making 'sincere efforts' for grain exports to Africa: President

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the 22nd meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022 [TUR Presidency/Murat Cetinmuhurdar - Anadolu Agency]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the 22nd meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders' summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022 [TUR Presidency/Murat Cetinmuhurdar - Anadolu Agency]

Ankara is putting "sincere efforts" to end the crisis in Ukraine and let the grain to be exported to Africa, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Friday, Anadolu News Agency reports.

"We make sincere efforts to ensure that grain reaches those who need it most, especially our brothers and sisters in Africa," Erdogan said at the second session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

He also said Turkiye is exerting "great efforts" to end the conflict in Ukraine through diplomacy as soon as possible.

Erdogan is attending the 22nd meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO as a special guest, with Turkiye taking part at the presidential level for the first time since Ankara obtained the SCO dialogue partner status in 2012.

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Turkiye will increase cooperation with the regional bloc to a higher level with joint efforts, Erdogan said, adding Ankara is working to strengthen relations with Asia in every field.

"Thanks to our status as a dialogue partner in the last decade, this place has become one of our windows to Asia," he said.

The President added that Turkiye is "the most generous country" in the world as it allocates approximately 1 per cent of its national income to humanitarian aid.

"Our aim is to establish peace in our region and beyond, with an enterprising diplomacy approach that puts people and human values ​​at the centre," he said.

Erdogan also attended a family photo shoot at the Summit.

Later in the day, the Turkish leader will hold bilateral meetings with leaders, including Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

On the sidelines of the Summit, Erdogan held closed-door meetings with his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mongolia's President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Established in 2001, the eight-member organisation aims to strengthen friendly, good neighbourly relations and mutual trust among member States.

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