UN chief exchanges views with Istanbul's mayor on terrorism

UN chief Ban Ki-moon holds meeting with Kadir Topbas, who is mayor of Istanbul metropolitan municipality, ahead of humanitarian summit in Turkey’s biggest city

Photo by: Istanbul metropolitan municipality
Photo by: Istanbul metropolitan municipality

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets Kadir Topbas, mayor of Istanbul metropolitan municipality, in Istanbul on March 24, 2016.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Kadir Topbas, who is the mayor of the Istanbul metropolitan municipality, on Thursday to discuss terrorism and the conditions of Syrian refugees in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday and Istanbul last weekend.

Ban held a private meeting with Topbas at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, the mayor’s office announced in a written statement.

The main topics were the rising global terror threat and Syrian refugees during the meeting, the statement elaborated indicating that both men have agreed on cooperation against terrorism and developing better living conditions for refugees.

“Terror targets humanity,” said Topbas, who is also co-president of United Cities and Local Governments, an umbrella organisation for cities, municipalities, and local governments around the world, during the gathering.

“The attacks in Paris, Ankara, Istanbul and the latest in Brussels show that humanity is under threat," said Topbas. 

"Turkey is expressing on all platforms in the strongest way that it is against all types of terror no matter what its name, target or purpose is.”

Two terror attacks hit the Zaventem Airport and another targeted Maelbeek Metro Station on Tuesday in Belgian capital Brussels, killing 31 people and wounding 200.

The attacks have been claimed by the DAESH terrorist organisation.

The latest DAESH attack in Turkey took place on Saturday when a DAESH-linked terrorist carried out a suicide attack in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, killing at least five people including himself and wounding 39 others.

Ban Ki-moon and Topbas additionally discussed the preparations for the upcoming humanitarian summit, which will be held in Istanbul in May, according to the statement.

TRTWorld and agencies