New York

18 April 2022

Readout of the Secretary-General’s telephone call with H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey  

On Sunday, the Secretary-General spoke with H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey. The Secretary-General expressed his ongoing support for the Istanbul process in relation to the war in Ukraine and reiterated the need for humanitarian corridors for the distribution of aid and the evacuation of people.   

They also discussed the situation in Jerusalem, during which the Secretary-General reaffirmed his position that the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem must be upheld and respected. Any provocation must be avoided at all costs.