Erdogan leaves Ankara for Uzbekistan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has left the capital, Ankara, for Uzbekistan to participate as a guest of honor in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.

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Erdogan was seen off at Esenboga Airport in Ankara by his deputy, Fuat Oktay, and other officials.

President Erdoğan is accompanied by his wife Emine, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Energy Fatih Donmez, Finance Nureddin Nebati, Defense Hulusi Akar, Trade Mehmet Muş, and Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan.

The delegation accompanying the Turkish president also includes the head of the Defense Industries Organization, Ismail Demir, the head of the presidential communications department, Fahrettin Altun, the presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, and the spokesman for the Justice and Development Party, Omer Celik.

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Erdogan is visiting Uzbekistan at the invitation of his counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev to participate as a guest of honor in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit on Thursday and Friday.

It is noteworthy that Turkey has become a “interlocuting partner” in the organization as of 2012 and is participating in the summit at the level of the country’s president for the first time.

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Erdogan is expected to deliver a speech at the summit session on Friday and hold a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines.