Source: Turkey's Erdogan cancels trip to UN assembly

September 21, 2012 13:35

ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cancelled a Sept. 22-25 trip to the United States where he was due to attend a UN General Assembly meeting, a source in his office said, citing an upcoming party congress and heavy work schedule.

Erdogan's ruling AK party will hold their annual congress on Sept. 30. Turkey's President Abdullah Gul had been scheduled to attend the UN assembly but cancelled due to an ear infection.

Erdogan, who was traveling in Gul's place, was expected to give a speech at the assembly in New York. The meeting is expected to discuss the crisis in Turkey's neighbor Syria among other issues.

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