Government & Politics

Turkey becomes member of UN Latin American economic bloc

New York (IINA) � Turkey's membership to the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) was formally approved during a meeting in New York on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday.

The ECLAC, founded in 1948, is one of five regional commissions of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that aims to contribute to the development of Latin American countries and to harmonize their economic policies.

According to Anadolu Agency, Turkey had applied for membership to ECLAC on 1 February 2016, during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Chile. The application was accepted on 30 January 2017.

We welcome the formal approval of Turkey's membership to the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean [ECLAC] at the UN Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC] meeting yesterday in New York, the ministry said in a statement.

The membership shows the importance Turkey gives to Latin America and the Caribbean, the statement said, adding that Turkey's strategy toward the countries in the region aims at elevating their bilateral relations at all levels, including the establishment of institutional ties.

Source: International Islamic News Agency