September 23, 2023

Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds closed-door meeting with Giorgia Meloni on sidelines of G-20 summit

Moon Desk: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday met with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to discuss bilateral relations and global issues.

The closed-door meeting came on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. No further information was released about the meeting.

This was the first face-to-face meeting between Erdogan and Meloni after she became Italy’s first woman prime minister as her right-wing coalition emerged victorious in general elections on Sept. 25.

Earlier, The G-20 has a “key role” to play in global health policies, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

“Humanity needs political leadership and determination in terms of health policies,” Erdogan said during a session on health at the G-20 Leaders’ Summit being held on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

“The G-20 has a key role in this regard,” he asserted.

Erdogan emphasized the need for G-20 countries to take a holistic approach in efforts to bolster global health systems and avert future disease outbreaks.

“The research and development cooperation process initiated by the G-20 presidency of Indonesia and supported by Türkiye and six other members will undoubtedly be beneficial,” he said.

“Türkiye has actively contributed to global efforts with a human-centered approach during the pandemic,” he added.

Erdogan pointed out that Türkiye “attached special importance to the needs of disadvantaged groups.”

“We maintained uninterrupted access to health services for the 5 million refugees we host in our country,” he said.

Türkiye helped 161 countries and 12 international organizations in the fight against COVID-19, and donated more than 6.3 million doses of vaccines to 19 countries, Erdogan added.

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