President Erdogan resigns from going to Glasgow for COP26

President Erdogan reportedly canceled his participation in the COP26 climate conference after the UK failed to comply with Ankara’s security demands.

While traveling to Glasgow, the Turkish president returned to Turkey overnight from Sunday to Monday, after the G20 summit held in Rome last weekend.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to meet with US President Joe Biden at COP26, but they finally met in Rome on October 31.

A senior Turkish official explained to Reuters on November 1 that the decision to cancel was made because “Turkey’s demands regarding the number of vehicles assigned to security and some other security-related demands have not been fully met.”

Therefore, it is Murat Kurum, the Turkish Minister of Environment and Urbanization, who will represent his country in Glasgow in the coming days.

Recent ratification of the Paris Agreement by Turkey

The incident comes just over three weeks after Turkey’s parliament ratified the Paris Climate Agreement, with Turkey being the last G20 country to do so.

Ankara had suspended ratification for years, after calling for Turkey to be considered a “developing country” (and not “industrialized”), allowing it to benefit from financial and technological support to meet its reduction targets. Agreement.

The Turkish president recently said that his country had signed a memorandum of understanding under which it would obtain loans (of almost $ 3.2 billion) to help it achieve the goals set by the Paris Agreement.

Along with the ratification of this Agreement, the Turkish government approved a “carbon neutral” (“ZEN”: zero net emissions) target by 2053. This deadline coincides with the 130th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.

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