A Turkish delegation led by President Abdullah Gul has been preparing to leave for New York on Sept. 20 for next week’s UN General Assembly, which will provide an opportunity for Turkish diplomats to bring regional issues, particularly Syria, to the world’s agenda in a bid to stop the violence at Turkey’s doorstep.
Turkey will attend the UN General Assembly’s 68th meeting in New York between Sept. 24 and Oct. 4 with high-level officials. Apart from Gul, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Shahin and Development Minister Cevdet Yilmaz will be among the Turkish delegation that will represent Turkey in New York.
The Turkish president will likely make his speech after Brazil and the US. The Turkish president is expected to put emphasis on regional peace in his speech, referring to Syria, with which Turkey shares its longest border and suffers from the consequences of its civil war with a refugee influx and clashes on the border.
During President Gul’s New York visit, he will have bilateral meetings with a number of presidents and prime ministers.
Davutoglu, too, has a busy agenda in his New York visit. According to a statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Davutoglu will take part in tête-à-tête meetings between delegations with the focus on Turkey’s UN Security Council candidacy and Syria. Davutoglu will head to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) and attend the Global Counterterrorism Forum.