Turkey set to deepen ties over regional issues at UN summit
by Daily Sabah with AA
ISTANBULSep 28, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah with AA
Sep 28, 2015 12:00 am
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is scheduled to hold meetings with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Jordan's King Abdullah II, French President François Hollande and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and to conclude the day with a meeting with Turkish citizens residing in the U.S. on Sunday after Daily Sabah goes to print as part of a six-day summit of the 70th U.N. General Assembly.
During the six-day summit, the prime minister convened with world leaders over regional and global issues that the world is trying to cope with. On Saturday, Davutoğlu co-chaired one of the six interactive dialogue sessions in the U.N. summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. In his speech, the prime minister stressed the importance of cooperation in the development process and said: "Integration of all country groups in the world economy carries the utmost importance to bring progress and welfare to developing countries. This could stimulate global development." He also underscored that women and youth should be encouraged to participate in the economic development process.Ahead of his speech, Davutoğlu held talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday and condemned the Israeli government's illegal practices against Palestinian civilians, including violations committed by Israeli security forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site for Muslims. Tensions have recently mounted in the West Bank and Jerusalem, with a number of clashes erupting after groups of Jewish settlers forced their way into Muslim holy sites. Rights groups say more than 150 Palestinians have been detained in East Jerusalem in the past 15 days. Abbas accused Israel of sabotaging the Middle East peace process and sparing no effort to keep the West Bank and Gaza separated, according to Turkish sources. On the same day, he also met with Senegalese President Macky Sall and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
On Friday, the prime minister attended a dinner hosted by the Turken Foundation, a New York-based organization providing various kinds of help for Turkish students, where he addressed representatives of the Turkish-American community. "Our most important aim is to ensure the rule of democracy and public safety over the country as we get closer to the Nov. 1 elections," Davutoğlu said, referring to the repeat of the June general election, which saw no party win a simple majority. Davutoğlu said Turkey would strengthen human rights and liberties, while maintaining the balance between freedoms and security. Also during the event, Davutoğlu met with Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim teen who made headlines in September when he was arrested after the homemade clock he took to his Texas school was mistaken for a bomb.
Davutoğlu is expected to hold a press conference at U.N. headquarters on Monday, the day when the annual "general debate" at the U.N. General Assembly begins. On the margins of the marathon debate, he will attend a U.N. peacekeeping summit hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama.
On Tuesday, Davutoğlu is expected to hold financial talks with foreign investors and businesspeople and attend a meeting co-organized by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He will participate in a counterterrorism summit, also hosted by Obama. He may also meet with European Council President Donald Tusk.On Wednesday, the final day of his trip, Davutoğlu will hold a press conference with Ban to promote the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Turkey. The first-ever global humanitarian summit of this scale will seek to find new ways to tackle the world's humanitarian needs. Also on Wednesday, Davutoğlu will deliver his General Assembly general debate speech. Together with Abbas, he will also attend the Palestinian flag-raising ceremony at U.N. headquarters.