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United Nations, New York, 8 June 2010

Official visit of President Treki to Turkey

H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the General Assembly is on an official visit to Turkey from 7 to 9 June at the invitation of H.E. Mr. Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey.

On 8 June, President Treki met with His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of Turkey. Their talks focused on the recent Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla and in future steps for establishing an international, independent and credible investigation into that incident which resulted in the killing of 9 Turkish nationals. The Prime Minister also thanked President Treki for his letter expressing condolences to and solidarity with Turkey. The two sides also discussed a number of issues on the United Nations agenda, in particular the efforts to promote dialogue among civilizations.

On 7 June, President Treki and President Gül held bilateral talks. They addressed important issues on the agenda of the General Assembly, including efforts to reform the United Nations, in particular the revitalization of the General Assembly, and reform of the Security Council. Both Presidents reaffirmed the need to strengthen the United Nations and its General Assembly. Many ideas were discussed including those pertaining to giving more power to the General Assembly in the selection process of the Secretary-General, as well as the role the General Assembly plays in promoting international peace and security, development, human rights and rule of law. Dr. Treki briefed President Gül of his initiatives to hold high level meetings in the General Assembly to address global challenges, including water, disarmament, international piracy, peacekeeping and peace building, trans-national organized crime as well as the situation in the Middle East and the Question of Palestine.

President Treki also briefed President Gül on the preparations for the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in September 2010. President Gül confirmed his participation in this Summit.

On 7 June, President Treki attended the State dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of Republic of Turkey in honour of the Heads of State and Government, Heads of Delegations and Foreign Ministers attending the 3rd Summit of the Conference on the Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).