FM Çavuşoğlu meets UN chief ahead of high-level week

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Senior Turkish diplomat Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on September 17 as the international body prepares to welcome leaders from around the world next week.

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Çavuşoğlu said his meeting with the UN chief focused on a number of regional and international issues, including Cyprus, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and climate change.

He did not provide further details in his brief tweet, but said in subsequent messages that he also spoke with the recently seated President of the United Nations General Assembly Abdulla Shahid. The former Maldivian foreign minister succeeded Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkır as head of the General Assembly earlier this month.

“Will continue to support the work of @UN,” Çavuşoğlu said.

Çavuşoğlu also met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris, and said on Twitter, “Despite the geographic distance, we are fully determined to develop our relationship.”

Turkish and French foreign ministers discuss Afghanistan

Meanwhile, Çavuşoğlu spoke on the phone with his French counterpart and discussed developments in Afghanistan, according to a Turkish diplomatic source on Friday.

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Çavuşoğlu and Jean-Yves Le Drian also discussed bilateral relations and other regional issues, the source said.

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