Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has met 18 world leaders along with UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon in New York as a part of his schedule to attend several United Nations meetings.
Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in New York on Thursday to attend conferences of the United Nations Council as well as meet with many world leaders including Barack Obama, Angela Merker, Francois Hollande, David Cameron and Vladimir Putin.
Davutoglu also gave a speech in United Nations General Assembly emphasising that "terror has no religion or ethnicity for Turkey and PKK should be condemned just as ISIS," to underline the terror threats faced by Turkey.
In his speech, Davutoglu mostly focused on the refugee crisis, saying, "The people of Syria needs a legal government founded on their will; accordingly the international community should provide a safe zone for these people"
"The United Nations helped to prevent more brutal wars in past but they did not succeed in eliminate the suffrage of people in Bosnia, Rwanda and Syria," he added.
Davutoglu also said "The story of three old Aylan Kurdi should remind us the reason for the presence of the UN," while he reiterated that Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees, a number estimated at over 2 million.
Davutoglu also spoke with with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi and the president of European Council Donald Tusk.
The meeting Prime Minister Davutoglu took part in was hosted by Turken foundation, which is a civil society group providing consulting and housing services to Turkish students in United States.
In the meeting last Friday, Davutoglu met with US student Ahmed Mohamed who was arrested recently over a homemade clock which was mistaken for a bomb in Texas.
Turkey and Germany agree to work on refugee crisis
In a discussion with German chancellor Angela Merker on Saturday Davutoglu talked about the European Union’s stance towards the continuing refugee crisis and Turkey’s suggestions aimed at finding a concrete resolution to the man-made disaster.
The high-level meeting was also joined by Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu and National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Chief Hakan Fidan.
During the meeting, Merkel reportedly received a letter from Davutoglu containing Turkey’s recommendations connected to the resolution of the refugee crisis and expressed gratitude for the letter.
Both countries have reportedly been aiming to establish a bilateral working group represented at the ministerial level. The countries agree that their planned working group should come together with EU countries and institutions, among which Greece should have priority.
Palestinian flag raised at UN for first time
The 70th meeting of UN was of vital importance for the non-member observer state Palestine as the country's flag has been raised at the UN for the first time.
Davutoglu stated on Wednesday that the raising of the Palestinian flag outside the United Nations building marks an important moment for the whole of humanity and represents its honour, following a highly anticipated flag ceremony in New York with the participation several leaders along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas declared, "I raise the Palestinian flag at the UN in the name of my people. Today is a historic day for Palestinian people who have fought for independence and freedom," during the ceremony.
Davutoglu said, “Keeping the Palestinian flag flying today means keeping the flag of honour of humanity flying. It is the flag of freedom, honour, dignity, and self-respect. God willing this flag will keep flying at Al Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem,” speaking to Turkish state TV channel TRT.
In his discussions with Abbas Davutoglu condemned the unlawful practices of Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians as well as violations in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound.
Davutoglu also met with Jordanian King Abdullah II and similarly discussed the state of events at Al Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.
Following the meeting, he said they will walk together in this purpose saying, "All that’s required is that we look after the treasure which has been handed down to us."
Davutoglu co-chairs UN meeting
Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu convened with Senegalese President Macky Sall ahead of the UN Interactive Dialogue Meeting which he co-chaired with Sall.
In the Interactive Dialogue Meeting on Saturday, which is a part of Sustainable Development Summit, Davutoglu called for the enhancement of opportunities for people in developing countries, adding, "We should create conditions where well-being and prosperity are within reach and people don't have to chase them somewhere else."
A meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was also on Davutoglu's agenda as the two leaders decided to maintain a dialogue concerning the situations in Iraq and Syria as well as ISIS.
The leaders were also reported to agree on deepening bilateral ties with respect to the economy and investment.
The Turkish prime minister held meetings with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Bulgarian Prime Minister Rosen Plevneliev on Saturday.
Among the leaders whom Davutoglu met were also Kosovar Prime Minister Mustafa Isa and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.
Hollande and Davutoglu announce collaboration
French President François Hollande and Davutoglu expressed agreement on collaboration in all matters especially concerning the fight against ISIS in a recent UN meeting.
In a press conference on Monday Davutoglu gave information about top level meetings which he attended and private discussions between himself and several world leaders.
The prime minister commented on the hot topic of the meetings, saying, "Neither Bashar Assad nor ISIS can be a part of the solution process in Syria."
Attending a lunch which UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon gave in honour of world leaders Davutoglu also met with American President Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
UN Chief thanks Turkey
UN Secretary General Ban and Davutoglu met on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly in New York in which Ban on Monday thanked Davutoglu for his country’s efforts in helping refugees fleeing war and persecution.
"The Secretary-General and the prime minister also agreed on the importance of the negotiations for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, as well as Turkey’s role in supporting the process," the UN said.
Davutoglu also took part in the UN Peacekeeping Counterterrorism Summit which was led by US President Barack Obama.
Davutoglu separately held talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg president of the European Council Donald Tusk and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Following the meetings, Davutoglu told reporters that Turkey takes an active role in all platforms and delivers on its messages.
Davutoglu also attended the seventh Turkey Investment Conference held in New York City on Tuesday and stated that "we will focus on economic reforms just after the elections on November."