Erdogan to meet with Obama during US visit

Turkish President says he will meet with US president during Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC this week

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a press conference at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey before he leaves for the US on March 29, 2016.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he will meet with United States President Barack Obama during his five-day visit to the US in which he is also expected to attend a nuclear summit.

Speaking to the reporters at a news conference held before flying to the US, Erdogan said the duration and agenda of his meeting with Obama depends on events, adding that he will also hold talks with several other leaders.

"As we will hold bilateral talks with leaders of countries, we will also come together with media representatives, academicians, entrepreneurs and opinion leaders to discuss the recent developments," Erdogan said.

The president stressed that his meetings will be mainly focused on unity against terrorism.

"During the summit, we will stress the need for a sincere cooperation to fight against terrorism in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Ankara, Istanbul, Brussels and Lahore," he said.

"We have no more patience left to pay the price due to a lack of cooperation."

Turkey was hit by several suicide bombings this year, in which dozens lost their lives, both in the Turkish capital Ankara and in Istanbul.

Plane carriying Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan departs from Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, March 29, 2016.

According to the Turkish Presidential Office, Erdogan will also hold a roundtable meeting with 25 top CEOs from the world’s 100 largest companies to extensively discuss a prominent proposed free trade agreement expected to be signed between the European Union and the US - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

He will also discuss the potential effects of the TTIP on the Turkish economy businessmen, as well as their investments in Turkey. It is expected that the Turkish president will seek their support during the country’s tough negotiation process with the EU over the Customs Union and with the US on the free trade agreement.

He is also expected to inaugurate the Turkish-American Cultural and Civilization Center in Lanham, Maryland, which includes a mosque, a cultural center, and an Islamic arts museum.

Erdogan’s five-day visit to the US to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit begins on Tuesday.

US President Barack Obama will host the summit in Washington DC on Thursday and Friday, with 56 delegations attending.

TRTWorld and agencies