Erdoğan meets British premier, UN chief in New York

Turkey's president and Britain's prime minister held a closed-door meeting on Sept. 20 in New York.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received Boris Johnson at the Turkevi Center, or Turkish House, in Manhattan across from U.N. headquarters.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Trade Minister Mehmet Muş were also present during the meeting, which lasted 40 minutes.

Erdoğan separately met with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York.

The meeting took place at the newly inaugurated Turkevi Center, or Turkish House, in Manhattan across the U.N. headquarters, attended by Minister Çavuşoğlu, Turkey's Ambassador to U.N. Feridun Sinirlioğlu and Volkan Bozkır, the president of the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

Erdoğan and Guterres discussed developments in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan as well as Cyprus issue, according to a U.N. statement.

Earlier, Guterres attended the inauguration ceremony of the 36-story skyscraper.

The U.N. chief said it was an "enormous pleasure" to attend inauguration of new Turkevi Center which houses the U.N. permanent mission of Turkey, the Turkish Consulate General as well as the representation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

Later, Erdoğan and Bozkır also held a closed-door meeting at the Turkevi Center.

The president also received a delegation from The New York Times newspaper during his visit to New York City.

Turkey's Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın as well as the Chairman of the Board and Director General of Anadolu Agency Serdar Karagöz were present during the meeting.

The newly...

Continue reading on: