Turkey's president arrives in Antalya to attend meetings

By Hatice Ozdemir and Tahsin Kucukkara

ANTALYA, Turkey (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived early Thursday in Turkey's Mediterranean resort city of Antalya for the South- East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Summit and the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.

Having completed an official visit to Azerbaijan, Erdogan was welcomed at Antalya Airport by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Antalya Governor Ersin Yazici and Antalya's members of parliament.

First lady Emine Erdogan is also accompanying the president.

Erdogan will attend the SEECP in Antalya Thursday and the Antalya Diplomacy Forum on Friday.

The SEECP Summit will discuss recent developments.

“We will talk about the economy and development targets of the next 10 years for our region,” Cavusoglu told a news conference earlier in the day, adding a strategy document for 2030 will also be discussed.

The Antalya Diplomacy Forum will be held by the Turkish Foreign Ministry under the theme of "Innovative Diplomacy: New Era, New Approaches" from June 18-20.

The forum will host 12 heads of state, 43 foreign ministers, four former heads of state, representatives of international organizations, intellectuals and academics.