London, UK

22 February 2012

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Ahmet Davutoglu, Foreign Minister of Turkey

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu, the Foreign Minister of Turkey.

Their discussions focused on developments in Syria. The Secretary-General said he appreciated Turkey’s role in pressing for a solution to the crisis and for providing assistance and shelter to refugees. He said the international community’s greatest challenge was the violence on the ground in Syria and the need to stop it.

He said he hoped the international meeting in Tunis on Friday would be a good opportunity for inclusive diplomatic engagement on Syria and for the international community to discuss how to address the urgent need for humanitarian assistance and access.

They also discussed Somalia, Cyprus, the Alliance of Civilizations and the Middle East Peace Process.