Turkey will continue to make efforts to end the war in Ukraine through diplomacy and negotiations, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last night, quoted by Anadolu Agency.

"The Istanbul agreement, which was reached as a result of our joint efforts with the United Nations to export Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea, is the most concrete example of these efforts," Erdogan said at a dinner organized by the Turkish-American National Coordination Committee (TASC) at Rockefeller Center in New York.

Erdogan is in New York on the occasion of the UN General Assembly session.

"We want to turn the positive climate we have achieved into a ceasefire and then a lasting peace," he added.

 Turkey, the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul on July 22 to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports that were suspended after the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Erdogan also said that Turkey expects the US to act together with Ankara in the fight against terrorist groups such as the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Forces (PDF) and the so-called

The Fethullah terrorist organization.


According to Ankara, the organization of the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is responsible for the coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016. Gulen's movement FETO is considered by the Turkish authorities as a terrorist organization.

Erdogan said Turkish authorities had worked "thoroughly" with their American counterparts to bring the leader of Fethullah Gulen and members of his group to justice in Turkey.

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