Erdogan skips Glasgow local weather summit in safety dispute


President Tayyip Erdogan cancelled plans to attend the worldwide local weather convention in Glasgow on Monday as a result of Britain failed to satisfy Turkey’s calls for on safety preparations, Turkish media quoted him as saying.

Heads of state and authorities from around the globe are attending the COP26 summit, considered crucial to averting essentially the most disastrous results of local weather change.

Erdogan had been anticipated to affix them in Scotland after attending the G20 summit in Rome on the weekend, however as a substitute landed again in Turkey shortly after midnight on Monday.

Turkish media quoted him as telling reporters on his aircraft home that Ankara had made calls for concerning safety protocol requirements for the summit in Britain which weren’t glad.

“When our demands were not met we decided not to go to Glasgow,” Erdogan was quoted as saying. He stated that the protocol requirements Ankara sought have been these all the time carried out on his worldwide journeys.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially stated the issue had been resolved, Erdogan stated. “But at the last moment he got back to us and said that the Scottish side was causing difficulties,” Turkish media quoted him as saying.

Erdogan stated he subsequently learnt that the measures Turkey had sought have been granted as an exception to a different nation, which he didn’t identify. He stated this was unacceptable. “We are obliged to protect the dignity of our nation,” he stated.

A spokesman for Johnson stated he wouldn’t get into the safety preparations for people.

When requested what it meant for the prime minister’s hopes to get settlement on coal, the spokesman added: “We would’ve been pleased to see Erdogan attend in person. The prime minister will continue to seek to convince the Turkish government to do more and will do that at official level as well.”


A spokesperson for the British authorities’s COP26 workplace declined to touch upon safety issues. Scotland police stated they don’t touch upon VIP safety.

A senior Turkish official earlier advised Reuters that British authorities had not met Turkey’s requests over safety.

“The president took such a decision because our demands regarding the number of vehicles for security and some other security-related demands were not fully met,” the official stated.

Erdogan had beforehand stated he would meet U.S. President Joe Biden in Glasgow, however they met in Rome on Sunday. 

Last month, Turkey’s parliament ratified the 2015 Paris local weather settlement, turning into the final G20 nation to take action.

Ankara had held off ratification for years, saying Turkey shouldn’t be classed as a developed nation with diminished entry to funding to help emissions cuts beneath the accord. It additionally stated Turkey is traditionally liable for a really small share of carbon emissions.

Erdogan stated final week Turkey had signed a memorandum of understanding beneath which it should get loans value $3.2 billion to assist it meet clear power objectives set out within the Paris accord. 

Other absentees from the Glasgow assembly embrace Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose nation is by far the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, one of many world’s high three oil producers.

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