President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s first foreign visit will be to North Cyprus on 1st September in line with Turkey’s state traditions, Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’ reports.
Erdoğan, who will be inaugurated as president on 28th August will visit Nicosia just thee days after the handover ceremony. He then travels to Baku on 3rd September to meet Azerbaijani President Aliyev and other officials.
North Cyprus is Turkey’s national cause, the newspaper says, adding that Azerbaijan is regarded as Turkey’s national ally.
Erdoğan’s next foreign policy engagement will be at the NATO Summit, which will take place in Wales from 4-5th September. It will mark his first multilateral appearance where he is expected to hold bilateral meetings with prominent leaders of some NATO countries. Erdoğan will also participate in the UN General Assembly meeting from 21-26th September in New York.