Erdogan: Türkiye making sincere efforts for grain exports to Africa
Ankara is putting sincere efforts to end the crisis in Ukraine and let the grain be exported to Africa, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, News.Az reports citing Anadolu Agency.
"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 Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
He also said Türkiye 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 Türkiye taking part at the presidential level for the first time since Ankara obtained the SCO dialogue partner status in 2012.
Türkiye 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 Türkiye is "the most generous country" in the world as it allocates approximately 1% of its national income to humanitarian aid.
Erdogan also attended a family photo shoot at the summit.