Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey
Sept 1 2014

ErdoÄ?an ready for first international appearance as president


President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄ?an is set for his first international
appearances after taking office on Aug. 28, including participation at
the key NATO Summit and bilateral visits to Northern Cyprus and

ErdoÄ?an's itinerary this week begins with a one-day trip to Northern
Cyprus, in line with the tradition followed by Turkish statesmen who
come to office. He will meet Turkish Cypriot President DerviÅ? EroÄ?lu
and other high ranking officials today, where he will reiterate
Turkey's support to the ongoing reunification talks between Turkish
and Greek Cypriots and will urge Greek Cypriots not to further delay
the process.

ErdoÄ?an's second trip abroad will be to Azerbaijan. He is expected to
depart to Baku tomorrow and will meet with Azerbaijani President Ä°lham
Aliyev the following day. Turkey and Azerbaijan have recently
intensified economy and energy relations after Azerbaijan's state
company SOCAR put billions of dollars of investments into Turkey. The
two countries are currently working on the realization of a major
pipeline project, the TANAP, to transport Azerbaijani natural gas to
Europe via Turkey.

The new president's visit to Baku will also touch on the
Nagorno-Karabakh issue between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which also
affects Ankara-Yerevan relations. Armenian Foreign Minister Edward
Nalbandian was in Turkey last week to attend ErdoÄ?an's inauguration as
president and used the venue as an opportunity to submit a letter of
invitation to ErdoÄ?an for the next year's centennial anniversary of
the mass killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey has not yet responded to the invitation.

ErdoÄ?an will then directly go to Wales from Baku to attend the NATO
Summit on Sept. 4 and 5. ErdoÄ?an's team and the Foreign Ministry are
still working on his program in Wales, especially on his possible
bilateral meetings, including with U.S. President Barack Obama.

In a recent televised interview, ErdoÄ?an said he would bring Israel's
blockade on Gaza to the attention of the NATO Summit, while the
ongoing NATO deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkish territories and
the growing threat of the extremist jihadists will also be on the
agenda of the Turkish delegation. The summit, however, is expected to
prioritize the ongoing crisis between the alliance and Russia over