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Ankara, Turkey, 23 February 2012

President of the General Assembly meets with H.E. Abdullah Gul, President of Turkey and other Senior Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

President of the General Assembly H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser, met with H.E. Abdulllah Gul, President of the Republic of Turkey at the Presidential Palace in Ankara. They discussed a wide array of issues of mutual concern. The talks tackled the latest developments in the Middle East, especially in Syria. President Al-Nasser re-affirmed the necessity of finding a peaceful solution to the on-going crisis in Syria.

They exchanged views on the upcoming International Istanbul conference on Mediation hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 24-25 February , 2012. President Al- Nasser who will be addressing the high level segment of the conference, re-iterated that the conference paves the road for the High Level Meeting that he is convening at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 23 May, 2012.

In that context, President Al Nasser commended Turkey's mediation efforts in the region.

President Al-Nasser held separate talks with senior officials at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioglu, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry and Ambassador Naci Koru, Deputy Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry in Turkey.

They discussed the situation in Syria , Libya and Somalia. President Al- Nasser elaborated on the theme of mediation, the revitalization of the UN General Assembly and the state of the world economy as well as the upcoming UN conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 to be held in Brazil in June 2012.

On the margins of his visit to Ankara, President Al Nasser visited the UN House in the Turkish capital and had interactive discussion with the UN staff, who thanked the President of the General Assembly for his visit, being the first to their office by a President of the General Assembly in many years.



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