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Turkey PM cancels New York trip: Report

Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan misses UN General Assembly meeting in New York, due to upcoming party congress and 'busy schedule', reports Anatolia news agency Friday

AFP , Friday 21 Sep 2012
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo: Reuters)

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cancelled a visit to the United States where he was due to attend the annual UN General Assembly meeting, the Anatolia news agency reported Friday.

Erdogan, who was originally scheduled to be in New York between September 22 and 25, will not be able to do so due to his upcoming party congress, as well as his busy schedule, said Anatolia.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) congress is slated for September 30, and will be attended by foreign leaders including Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the local media reported.

In Erdogan's absence, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will lead the Turkish delegation at the UN meeting.

President Abdullah Gul had initially been scheduled to travel to New York but had to cancel due to a chronic ear infection.

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