| 23 September 2023, Saturday |

Turkish President Erdogan arrives in New York for UN General Assembly

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.

The Turkish leader was welcomed at John F. Kennedy International Airport by Türkiye’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 Türkiye 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 Türkiye plays in the face of current global challenges,” Erdogan told reporters before departing Istanbul.

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.


  • Anadolu Agency