Erdoğan meets with UN chief Guterres in Paris
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday met with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres upon arriving in Paris on the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron for Armistice Day, marking the 100th anniversary of the cease-fire that ended World War I, state-run Anadolu News Agency reported.
Turkey’s strongman is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his American, French, German and Russian counterparts during his visit where he is accompanied by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın.
The private conversation between Erdoğan and Guterres lasted 45 minutes, the news agency said.
The Turkish president is expected to meet with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump while in Paris to discuss bilateral issues including Washington's support for the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria and the Gülen movement, both of which Ankara designates as terrorist organisations, the agency said.
Despite Turkey’s release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson from a two year-long detention last month, issues such as Turkey’s purchase Russian S-400 missiles, sales F-35 jets to Turkey, the leader of the Gülen movement Fethullah Gülen’s extradition from the United States and Syria remain as issues of contention between Washington and Ankara.