World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman has said Ankara wants to become an “observer member” state at the Shangai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as part of what he called “Turkey’s multilateral diplomacy.”
Selçuk Ünal, in his last press briefing as the ministry spokesman, said on Thursday that Turkey is already a “dialogue partner” of the Asian body and that joining every international organization, becoming an observer state or following their activities are fundamental bases of Turkey’s “multilateral diplomacy.”
As Turkey and the European Union have failed to make substantial progress in their accession talks, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan resurrected the possible membership with the SCO, saying Turkey is seriously considering being part of the SCO, which he considers as an alternative at a time when the EU's future looks increasingly dim.
The SCO is a mutual-security organization which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The other countries, with the exception of Uzbekistan, had been members of the Shanghai Five, founded in 1996; after the inclusion of Uzbekistan in 2001, the members renamed the organization.
Speaking to reporters during a televized program aired on Kanal 24 last Friday, Erdoğan said Turkey is now seeking alternative options amid eroding hopes on the EU process with regards to the adamant opposition to Turkey's membership by a number of EU member countries.
Ünal added that Turkey is already attending the organization’s meetings, stressing that Ankara wants to upgrade its status to the second category by becoming an observer member state and advance cooperation with the SCO.
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