Turkish President Abdullah Gul came together with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Monday. Gul said the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons program was a positive step. He stressed that the problem in Syria was not only about chemical weapons and added a comprehensive political strategy must be found to put an end to Syria crisis. "It is time for the UN to take concrete steps for its dignity and reliability," he said. Gul and Ban also discussed the Cyprus dispute between Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot administration, which has been going on since 1974. Turkey's approach to solution of the dispute was clear, Gul said, adding, "If the Greek Cypriot administration responds to the steps taken by Turkey, there will be a quicker solution".
- Gul receives Iraqi vice president
Gul later received Iraqi Vice President Hudayr El Huzai. Gul said Turkey embraced all segments of Iraq emphasizing that the stability, security and welfare of the country were important for Turkey.
Meanwhile Huzai said Iraq had the political stability to improve relations and cooperation with Turkey.
- Gul attends reception hosted by US President Obama
Gul and his spouse Hayrunnisa Gul attended a reception hosted by US President Barack Obama. Gul called on US business people to invest in Turkey at the reception.
The Turkish president reminded that the trade volume between Turkey and the US surpassed $20 billion, "The US is our major ally. However it is not our greatest trade partner," he said.