Erdoğan meets with Paraguayan counterpart Benitez in Asuncion

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 02.12.2018 19:25
Updated 02.12.2018 21:55
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (C-L) meets with Paraguay counterpart Mario Abdo Benitez (C-R) in Asuncion on Dec. 2, 2018. (AA Photo)
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (C-L) meets with Paraguay counterpart Mario Abdo Benitez (C-R) in Asuncion on Dec. 2, 2018. (AA Photo)

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in the Paraguayan capital on Sunday to hold official talks following the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Argentina.

Erdoğan was met at Silvio Pettirossi Airport by Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni and other Paraguayan officials, along with the Turkish ambassador in Asuncion Armağan Inci Ersoy.

The president and first lady Emine Erdoğan were then received by Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez and his wife Silvana Lopez Moreira Bo in a ceremony at the Palacio de los Lopez.

Erdoğan and Benitez proceeded with the head-to-head meeting following the official ceremony.

Many Turkish citizens living in Paraguay gathered in front of the presidential palace and chanted slogans welcoming the Turkish president.

Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez and Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan also accompanied the president to Asuncion.

Paraguay is the second destination of Erdoğan's Latin America tour as he is scheduled to visit Venezuela on Monday.

Erdoğan's trips to Paraguay and Venezuela mark the first-ever by a Turkish president.

Erdoğan kept a busy schedule at the two-day G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, meeting with eight heads of state and government, including U.S. counterpart Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

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