Turkish Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın has said that COVID-19 is exposing great weaknesses in the global order, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
“The global system has been locked for around two to two-and-a-half months. We have seen once again how the global order is disabled with many great weaknesses,” Kalın told a programme broadcast on YouTube on Tuesday.
Speaking on the “Re-Thinking, Re-Interpreting” programme hosted by Turkey’s state-run Yunus Emre Institute, Kalın praised Turkey’s performance during the coronavirus outbreak, and argued that many countries with larger economies and stronger scientific, industrial and technological infrastructures have been struggling.
Kalın said that it was important to ensure fair and equal access to science, medicine, and technology during the pandemic, and repeated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s quote “the world is larger than five” – a reference to the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
Erdoğan has long called for reform of the UN’s Security Council to make it more representative.