While reactions to Turkey’s complete “ping by” in the India-Middle East trade corridor, which was accepted at the G-20 Summit held this month, grew, a remarkable news came from the British media.
A remarkable news about the India-Middle East trade corridor plan, which was brought to the agenda and accepted at the G-20 Leaders Summit, came from the British Financial Times newspaper.
The newspaper wrote that Ankara plans to put pressure on creating an alternative to this trade corridor, where Turkey will be byped. The newspaper said, “Ankara aims to embrace its traditional role in transporting goods from Asia to Europe. “Turkey is in intensive negotiations to create an alternative to the India-Middle East trade corridor accepted at the G-20 Summit this month.”
In the news signed by Adam Samson, it was stated that President Erdoğan did not like this plan either. In the new plan, goods sent from India will not be sent via Baghdad and Turkey as in the past, but will be sent to European markets via the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel. It was also noted that the US and the EU, which support the creation of this corridor, aim to reduce China’s influence in the region.
HAKAN FIDAN MADE A STATEMENT
Speaking to the Financial Times, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan made statements on the subject.
Fidan said, “Experts have doubts that the India-Middle East corridor is logical and effective. Geostrategic concerns are greater. A trade route doesn’t just mean trade. “It is also a reflection of geostrategic competition,” he said.
Fidan said that he is in intensive negotiations with Iraq, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates and that negotiations are continuing to create an alternative road line.
In this new 17 billion dollar plan, transportation will start from Iraq’s Grand Faw Port and p through 10 regions of Iraq and reach Turkey. In the images shared by the Baghdad administration, in this plan, a 1200 kilometer high-speed train line will be laid and this process will be completed in three stages. The project is expected to be completed in 2050.
However, experts speaking to the Financial Times stated that there may be some financial and security problems in this project. While experts said that Turkey’s economic situation may not be sufficient to support this project, they also pointed out that security problems in Iraq could cause problems. Iraq stands out as a country experiencing financial difficulties along with poor infrastructure, weak government and political uncertainty.
Experts pointed out that the India-Middle East corridor, which was brought to the agenda at the G-20 Summit, may take decades to be implemented.
In the news in the Financial Times, “Turkey is establishing a strategic line between the east and the west by establishing solid relations with the USA, the EU, Russia and China. This approach sometimes causes tension with the West. “This week, sanctions were imposed on some Turkish companies due to the Russia-Ukraine war.” The newspaper also reminded that President Erdoğan may have the opportunity to talk about this issue if he meets with US President Joe Biden at the United Nations General embly to be held in New York next week.
WHAT DID ERDOĞAN SAY?
After the G-20 Leaders Summit, President Erdoğan made a statement on the subject.
Erdogan in India G20 When asked by journalists on the plane after the summit, he reminded China’s belt and road project and emphasized that progress was made on the issue and that Marmaray was included in that plan. Regarding the new road line brought up by the Prime Minister of India, Erdoğan said, “We say this, there is no corridor without Turkey. Turkey is an important production and trade base. “The most suitable line for traffic from east to west has to p through Turkey,” he said.
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