List of international presidential trips made by Abdullah Gül

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This is a list of presidential trips made by Abdullah Gül, the 11th President of Republic of Turkey. During his presidency, which began with his inauguration on August 28, 2007, Abdullah Gül has travelled to 63 different states internationally as of February 2014.

Summary of international trips[edit]

Map of international trips made by Abdullah Gül as president
Number of visits Country
1 visit Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, China, Croatia, DR Congo, Estonia, Finland, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
2 visits Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Iran, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Cyprus, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Syria, United Kingdom
3 visits Germany
4 visits Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, United States
5 visits Azerbaijan, France, Kazakhstan
6 visits Egypt

2007[edit]

The following international trips were made by Abdullah Gül during 2007:

Country Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Northern Cyprus North Nicosia September 18

State visit

Details
Abdullah Gül made his first visit abroad to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as president. Gül met with President Mehmet Ali Talat.[1]
France Strasbourg October 2–4
Details
President Abdullah Gül addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Gül met with President René van der Linden and senior officials[2]
Azerbaijan Baku November 6

State visit

Details
President Abdullah Gül and his wife Hayrünnisa Gül made a state visit to Azerbaijan. In this context, Gül met with President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister Artur Rasizade. Also he delivered a speech to the National Assembly of Azerbaijan.[3]
Georgia Tbilisi November 20–21
Details
President Gül was attending with Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev foundation laying ceremony for the Kars–Tbilisi–Baku railway line and before, met with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi[4]
France Paris November 25
Details
Abdullah Gül addressed the General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) to promote the candidacy of İzmir for Expo 2015.[5]
Pakistan Islamabad December 2–3

State visit

Details
President Abdullah Gül paid an official visit to Pakistan, with the invitation of the President of the Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf. Also, Mr. Gül received leading Pakistani politicians including Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif.[6]
Turkmenistan Ashgabat December 5–7

State visit

Details
President Abdullah Gül made a state visit to Turkmenistan. Gül met with counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Turkish citizens and businessmen living in Ashgabat[7]
Kazakhstan Astana, Almaty December 12–15

State visit

Details
President Gül met with President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He was attended celebrating Kazakhstan's independence day and toured around a selection of facilities and organizations run by Turkish entrepreneurs in Almaty.[8]

2008[edit]

The following international trips were made by Abdullah Gül during 2008:

Country Areas visited Date(s) Notes
United States Washington, D.C.
New York City
January 7–11

State visit

Details
President Gül made an official visit to the United States at the invitation of U.S. President George W. Bush and he held talks with American press, non-governmental organizations and Turkish community in the Washington, D.C. and New York City[9][10]
Egypt Cairo, Alexandria January 14–16

State visit

Details
Gul made official a trip to Egypt at the invitation of President Hosni Mubarak. Furthermore, Abdullah Gül made a speech at the Turkish-Egyptian Business Forum and visited Bibliotheca Alexandrina.[11]
Syria Damascus January 19
Details
President Abdullah Gül paid a one-day visit to Syria for Damascus Arab Capital of Culture.[12]
Qatar Doha February 5–7

State visit

Details
Abdullah Gül paid an official visit to Qatar with the invitation of the Emir of the Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.[13]
Romania Bucharest March 2–4

State visit

Details
President Gül made an official state visit to the Romania at the invitation of President Traian Băsescu. Mr. Gül talks held with President Basescu as well as he received Prime Minister, Chairmans of the Parliament and Senate. Also, Gul was awarded with an honorary doctorate by Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University in Bucharest.[14]
Senegal Dakar March 13–14
Details
President Gül attended the 11th Summit meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Dakar, Senegal.[15]
France Paris March 31

Expo 2015

Details
President Gül visited to Paris to give support to the candidate city of İzmir[16]
Romania Bucharest April 2–4

NATO summit

Details
President Abdullah Gül traveled to Bucharest, Romania to attend the 2008 Bucharest summit of NATO. Gül met with President Traian Băsescu. The President later attended a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, meeting with heads of government.[17]
Macedonia Skopje, Ohrid May 1–3

Ohrid Summit 2008

Details
President Gül traveled to Republic of Macedonia to attend as the guest of honour the 15th Summit meeting of the presidents of Central European States in city of Ohrid. Mr. Gül met with President Branko Crvenkovski and other counterparts.[18]
Japan Tokyo, Kushimoto June 3–8

State visit

Details
Since the 1924 establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Japan,for the first time a Turkish President visited to Japan. President Abdullah Gül and his wife Hayrünnisa Gül paid an official visit to Japan at the invitation of Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito. Gül and Mrs. Gül met with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at Imperial Palace.[19]
Croatia Zagreb, Dubrovnik June 10–12

State visit

Details
President Gül and his wife Mrs. Gül made an official state visit to the Croatia at the invitation of Croatian President Stjepan Mesić.Two presidents discussed the developments in their bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues.After the meeting, Abdullah Gül and Mrs. Gül travelled to Croatia's historic city of Dubrovnik.[20]
Kazakhstan Astana July 4–6
Details
President Gül traveled to Astana, Kazakhstan, to attend the 10th anniversary ceremonies of the Kazakh capital city of Astana. During his visit, Gül met with Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev and other participant presidents.[21]
Armenia Yerevan September 6
Details
President Abdullah Gül visited Armenia at the invitation of the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to watch a World Cup qualifying match between the national teams of the two countries.Gül and Sargsyan discussed the bilateral relations and ongoing dispute Nagorno-Karabakh at the Presidential Palace. Then, two leaders watched the match which Turkey beat Armenia 2-0 in Hrazdan Stadium.[22][23]
Azerbaijan Baku September 10
Details
President Gül visited to Baku for one-day working visit. Mr. Gül and Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev discussed their bilateral and special relations. Following a joint press conference, President Aliyev, gave dinner in honor of Abdullah Gül at the Presidential Palace.[24]
United States New York City September 20–29
Details
President Abdullah Gül travalled to United States to attend the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Gül made a speech at the opening session of the UN General Assembly on 23 September and met with representatives of the Turkish Society and Meskhetian Turks. During his programme in New York, Mr. Gül had numerous bilateral meetings with heads of state and government attending the UN General Assembly[25]
Finland Helsinki, Jyväskylä October 7–9

State visit

Details
President Gül and his wife made official state visit to Finland at the invitation of Finnish President Tarja Halonen. Abdullah Gül met with counterpart Halonen and received Finnish Parliament Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen. He then flew to city of Jyväskylä and visited Alvar Aalto Museum and Jyväskylä University. Also he attended the Martti Ahtisaari Conference here.[26]
Estonia Tallinn October 9–11

State visit

Details
President Gül and his wife Mrs. Gül made an official state visit to the Estonia at the invitation of Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Mr. Gül attended a meeting of the Turkish-Estonian Business Council at the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Gul met with President Ilves and Prime Minister Andrus Ansip.[27]
Germany Frankfurt October 14–15
Details
President Gül and his wife Hayrünnisa Gül travalled to Frankfurt to attend as guest of honor 60th Frankfurt Book Fair. Gül and his wife visited the Frankfurt Town Hall and signed the city's Golden Book. During his visit, Mr. Gül met with German President Horst Köhler and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.[28]
Azerbaijan Baku November 13–14
Details
President Gül travelled to Azerbaijan to attend the Energy Summit held in Baku. Mr. Gül met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the Presidential Palace. Furthermore, Gül talks with other participant presidents and opened a new annex for the Baku Anatolian High School.[29]
Turkmenistan Ashgabat, Türkmenbaşy November 28–29
Details
President Abdullah Gül paid a working visit to Turkmenistan at the invitation of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.[30]

2009[edit]

The following international trips were made by Abdullah Gül during 2009:

Country Areas visited Date(s) Notes
Egypt Sharm el-Sheikh January 18
Details
President Abdullah Gül attend discussed the issue of Gaza in Egypt. Mr.Gül met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.[31]
Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Jeddah February 3–6

State visit

Details
President Gül and his wife Hayrünnisa Gül made an official state visit to the Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Mr. and Mrs. Gül were welcomed with an official ceremony at Riyadh King Khalid International Airport by Majesty King Abdullah. After the ceremony, Gül attended the official dinner hosted by King Abdullah in his honour. On February 4, Abdullah Gül became the first foreign Muslim leader to address the Shura Council.[32][33]
Russia Moscow, Kazan February 12–15

State visit

Details
President Gül and First lady made an official state visit to the at the invitation of President Dmitry Medvedev. After the official welcoming ceremony, Gül held talks with his counterpart. Following the bilateral talks which they held a joint press conference at Grand Kremlin Palace. Also President Gül visited State Duma with Federation Council and received Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. On February 14 Abdullah Gül travelled Kazan, the capital city of Tatarstan and met with Mintimer Shaimiev.[34]
Kenya Nairobi February 20–22

State visit

Details
President Gül and his wife Hayrünnisa Gül made an official state visit to the Kenya. Gül is the first Turkish president to pay an official visit to Kenya. He met with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga and then visited to Nairobi National Park.[35]
Tanzania Dodoma February 22–23

State visit

Details
President Abdullah Gül with his spouse paid an official visit to Tanzania at the invitation of Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. The two countries signed a protocol for technical, scientific, economic and commercial cooperation in agriculture. Also, President Gül's visit, the first official visit to Tanzania President level.[36]
Iran Tehran March 10–11
Details
Abdullah Gül travalled to Tehran to attend the 10th summit meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). He during the visit, met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and other participant leaders.[37]
Iraq Baghdad March 23–24

State visit

Details
President Gül and his wife Hayrünnisa Gül made state visit to Iraq at the invitation of President Jalal Talabani. Gül pair was welcomed with an official ceremony at the As-Salam Palace. President met with his counterpart Talabani and received Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi Turkmen politician Saadeddin Arkej. Mr. Gül's talks during his Baghdad visit centred on bilateral relations as well as regional and global issues.[38]

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