President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan highlighted the need for reform within the United Nations, especially its Security Council body, to work more effectively for global peace and stability, while speaking with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Istanbul on Saturday.
According to sources, the closed-door meeting was organized by authorities from Turkey and the U.N at the Haliç Congress Center and it lasted for one and a half hours. Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yıldız, Turkey's U.N. Permanent Representative Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın, and Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Kaan Esener as well as U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, U.N. Resident Coordinator and U.N. Development Program Resident Representative Irena Vojackova Sollorano and U.N. Secretary-General spokesperson Stephane Dujarric participated in the meeting.
President Erdoğan and U.N. envoy Guterres, who paid his first official bilateral visit to Turkey, came to an agreement on the necessary steps regarding counterterrorism. President Erdoğan pointed out that remarkable changes should be enforced within the Security Council to maintain peace in the globe.
The Astana and Geneva peace talks to restore peace and stability in Syria were also discussed. After the meeting, Presidential spokesperson Kalın released a written statement. "Guterres proposed to work together to achieve a political solution. Views were exchanged regarding the fight against terror. Steps, needed to be taken in this context, were agreed upon," Kalın said.
Furthermore, according to Kalın, President Erdoğan underscored that Turkey is expected to support the negotiations and ensure a solution in Cyprus, while a two-state solution for Palestine was also agreed upon.
Guterres indicated that Turkey's leading role in the Alliance of Civilizations Project and the Group of Friends of Mediation is the key to resolving the crisis in the region, and that the country is therefore vitally important country for the U.N. "U.N. Secretary-General Guterres met with President Erdoğan during his visit to Midyat in June 2015 as the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Recalling his contacts at Midyat Temporary Accommodation Center, he expressed his gratitude to President Erdoğan for the hospitality and generosity Turkey extended to refugees," Kalın added.
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