Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said India is Turkey's greatest trade partner in South Asia and expressed confidence of tapping the huge potential of cooperation between the two countries. "India is our greatest trade partner in South Asia. And we will be able to tap the great potential of cooperation, primarily in the field of economy and many other sectors, after the election that took place in Turkiye earlier this year," he said.
Speaking after the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Delhi on Sunday, he thanked India for its "gracious and very successful term of presidency" of G20 and the hospitality that he and the entire Turkish delegation received during his stay.
"This year, our theme was one world, one family and one future. And within the first session of the summit, we had talked about the environmental challenges that our planet currently encounters." Erdogan pointed out that climate change, the loss of biological diversity and extensive pollution are the three challenges that the world will see more profoundly in the future.
When asked about India's inclusion in the permanent seat for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Erdogan proposed a rotational mechanism "where potentially each and every member, every one of those 195 countries can potentially become a member." A country like India being there on the UN Security Council, we would be proud, he said.
"But as you now, the world is bigger than larger than five. And when we say the world is larger than five, what we mean is that it's not only about the US, UK, France, China and Russia...What we say is all of them, we should only have permanent members. And it should work on a rotational system, because right now, you have all these members, 195 countries, who are all members of the UN. So we should have a rotational mechanism where potentially each and every member, every one of those 195 countries can potentially become a member. That is what we propose," he said.