Turkey's Erdogan to meet Ban Ki-moon at UN meeting

The Turkish prime minister left for the United States.

Turkey's Erdogan to meet Ban Ki-moon at UN meeting

The Turkish prime minister left for the United States on Monday.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will participate in the 64th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York and G-20 summit in Pittsburg.

"I aim to have talks with heads of state and government of almost 20 countries during my visit," Erdogan told reporters before he flew to the United States.

Erdogan said that he would participate in a high-level meeting on climate change, to be headed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, on September 22.

The Turkish prime minister said that he would attend the opening session of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly on September 23, and deliver a speech on Turkey's views about several international topics on September 24.

Erdogan said he would deliver a speech on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in a Security Council meeting, presided by U.S. President Barack Obama.

The prime minister said he would be in Pittsburg on September 24-25 to participate in a G-20 summit.

"During my visit, I will meet Ban Ki-moon and have the opportunity to discuss regional and international issues with my interlocutors," he said.

Erdogan said he would also participate in the summit of Friends of Pakistan Group, the ceremony to celebrate 40th anniversary of establishment of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

The premier said he would deliver a speech in a meeting on "G-20 and its impact on global challenges" to be organized by Clinton Global Initiative.

Erdogan said he would meet academic circles and students in conferences at the Princeton University and other universities, and have the opportunity to express the Turkish foreign policy, its priorities and the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative.

"I will also deliver a speech in a conference to be organized by the Federation of Balkan American Associations," he said.

Erdogan said he would meet Turkish citizens and businessmen on September 26, and present a medal of state to spouse of Ahmet Ertegun, the Turkish-American co-founder and executive of Atlantic Records, in a reception. Ertegun lost his life in 2006.

The Turkish prime minister will depart from New York on September 26, and arrive in Turkey on September 27.

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