Uzbekistan.. Erdogan participates in planting seedlings

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated in the event of planting seedlings with the heads of state participating in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan.

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The event was held Thursday after Erdogan arrived at the conference center in Samarkand, which will host the summit on September 15-16.

After the event, Erdogan, accompanied by the leaders, toured the newly built “Eternal City” area in the city.

Earlier on Thursday, President Erdogan arrived in Samarkand to participate as a guest of honor in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.

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.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which was established in June 2001, includes eight countries: Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, India and Uzbekistan.