Erdogan calls on the G20 to make efforts to make the covid vaccine accessible to all

Riyadh, Nov 21 (EFE) .- The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asked this Saturday in his speech at the G20 virtual summit an international effort to make future covid-19 vaccines accessible to the whole world.

“We should offer the vaccines that are being developed as common heritage of humanity, instead of deepening the existing injustices,” said the president in his videoconference speech at the virtual summit, reproduced on the website of the Turkish Presidency.

“In this framework, we should prepare and implement in the G20 platform mechanisms to guarantee access for all in fairness and at appropriate prices,” Erdogan proposed.

“We maintain this position also in the 16 vaccines in which we work and of which one has already reached the stage of being tested in humans; a vaccine that is produced in Turkey will be offered to all of humanity,” promised the Turkish president.

In his speech, Erdogan also called for a greater opening of national markets and called for reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“We see that the tendency to isolate itself is reinforced, to raise customs walls again and to increase protections. But we know that two mistakes do not result in a success. Turkey is in favor of a trade that makes the world economy grow and the distribution of welfare on the basic principles of the WTO, and for that, progress must be made in the WTO reform process, “said the Turkish president.

Erdogan took advantage of the summit, which was to be held in Riyadh but moved to a purely virtual format due to the risks of the covid pandemic, to seek to improve relations with Saudi Arabia and the host of the meeting, King Salman bin Abdelaziz.

Relations between Ankara and Riyadh have been tense for months, partly because the two governments support opposing sides in Libya and the Persian Gulf and, last October, Turkish businessmen denounced an “unofficial embargo” by the Saudi authorities against Turkish imported goods. .

In the brief message of greeting that the G20 leaders sent today before the opening of the summit, Erdogan extended his thanks to his “dear brother, King Salman bin Abdulaziz” for the “successful” management of the rotating presidency of the G20 during this year “despite the difficult conditions of the pandemic.”

Hours earlier, in a phone call, Erdogan spoke with Salman about bilateral relations and both leaders agreed “to keep open channels of dialogue to overcome problems,” according to a note released by the Turkish Presidency. EFE

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