Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was moving towards allowing trade with Russia, China and Iran to be conducted in local currencies, as he continues his efforts to strengthen the falling lira.
“If we buy something from them, we will use their money, if they buy something from us, they will use our currency,” he said, ahead of a trip by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to Russia for meetings on Tuesday.
Erdogan — who previously said discussions were underway with Moscow, Beijing and Tehran on the issue — added that instructions related to this proposal had been given to the central bank.
Erdogan repeated a call for Turks to convert the euros, dollars and other foreign currency “under their pillows” into Turkish lira during a speech in the central city of Kayseri.
“Our Turkish lira is blessed,” he told a cheering, flag-waving crowd after opening a museum in the city named after his predecessor and long-time friend Abdullah Gul.
Ankara hopes such demands will help the lira win back the losses it has suffered over the past few months since a failed coup in July when a rogue military faction tried to oust Erdogan from power.
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