03 September 2016

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey.

The Secretary-General reiterated the support and solidarity of the United Nations with the Government and people of Turkey, following the coup attempt of 15 July. He said he had been inspired by the strong commitment demonstrated by the Turkish people after these events, and stressed the importance to harness this energy and solidarity to build an even more solid foundation for future development and good governance in the country.

The Secretary-General and the President also discussed the situation in Syria, particularly in Aleppo, as well as the status of negotiations for a political solution to the conflict and the recent report of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism on chemical weapons attacks in the country. The Secretary-General emphasized the key role of Turkey in the fight against Da’esh.

On climate change, the Secretary-General noted the leading role that Turkey had played during its presidency of the G20 last year in Antalya. He hoped that Turkey will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year, possibly during the High-level event he is convening on 21 September in New York.