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Turkey seeks to join China-led alliance Shanghai Cooperation Organization |  Abroad

Turkey seeks to join China-led alliance Shanghai Cooperation Organization | Abroad

Turkey wants to join the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to forge alliances with friendly countries in the East. Erdogan made the announcement after attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan on Friday.

In the former Soviet country, Erdogan held talks with leaders such as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Turkey could become the first NATO country to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. “Our relationship with these countries will move to a very different position with this step,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying at the summit.

Erdogan is also trying to arrange a one-on-one meeting with US President Joe Biden. Informed sources said that this meeting should be held after the United Nations General Assembly this week, but it has not been included on the agenda yet. The two could also meet in New York.

Turkey has been a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization since 2013. Then the country signed an association agreement, but now it also wants to become a full member. Membership gives Turkey more economic opportunities. Especially now that the government is trying to stabilize the economy in the run-up to next year’s elections. In addition to Russia and China, the eight-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization includes India, Pakistan and Kazakhstan.

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