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Turkish President Erdogan arrives in New York for UN General Assembly

September 17, 2023 at 4:06 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd L), accompanied by his wife, Emine Erdogan (L), arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to attend high-level meetings of the 78th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, on September 16, 2023 [TUR Presidency/Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Anadolu Agency]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in New York on Saturday to attend high-level meetings of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, reports Anadolu Agency.

The Turkish leader was welcomed at John F. Kennedy International Airport by Turkiye’s UN envoy Sedat Onal, Ambassador to US Hasan Murat Mercan and New York Consul General Reyhan Ozgur.

He is joined by first lady Emine Erdogan, Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, Energy Minister Alpaslan Bayraktar, Trade Minister Omer Bolat and the head of National Intelligence Agency Ibrahim Kalin, among others.

Erdogan is scheduled to address the session Tuesday.

During his speech, he is expected to highlight the steps Turkiye has taken, from development to humanitarian aid, as well as its contributions to maintaining international peace and security while reestablishing global solidarity.

“We will also highlight the critical role Turkiye plays in the face of current global challenges,” Erdogan told reporters before departing Istanbul.

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He will also hold meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his counterparts on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

Additionally, Erdogan will meet with members of the Turkish-American community and related communities, and engage in discussions with representatives of research organizations and American business leaders.

This year’s debate is expected to bring together more than 150 heads of state and government.

Erdogan’s scheduled activities continue until Wednesday.