In 2013, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met 12 presidents, 9 heads of state, 2 vice-presidents, 13 speakers of assembly, and 20 prime ministers as well as a number of ministers and leaders of international organizations.
During 2013 upon the invitation of President Abdullah Gül 21 presidents paid visits to Turkey - a frequent destination for world leaders. Prime Minister Erdoğan also welcomed the presidents in the Prime Minister´s offices both in Istanbul and Ankara. Owing to the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Turkish and Mexican relations, Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican President visited
Turkey in December. Mr. Nieto was the first Mexican President to visit Turkey after 85 years, which attributed an even more special meaning to the visit. Among the leaders who visited Turkey during 2013 was Robert Ameerali, the Vice President of Surinam; Essam Haddad, the Vice President of Egypt and Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
World Leaders who visited Turkey:
|Head of State||Prime Minister|
|1. President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama||1. Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi (2)|
|2. King of Jordan Abdullah II||2. Prime Minister of Lebanon Najib Mikati (3)|
|3. President of Cameroon Paul Biya||3. Prime Minister of Iraqi KRG Nechervan Barzani (4)|
|4. President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili||4. Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili|
|5. President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (2)||5. Prime Minister of Libya Ali Zeidan|
|6. President of Somaliland Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo (2)||6. Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel|
|7. President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas||7. Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras|
|8. Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah||8.Prime Minister of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus İrsen Küçük (2)|
|9. President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki||9. Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (2)|
|10.President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev||10. Prime Minister of Jordan Abdullah Ensour|
|11.President of Slovakia Ivan Gašparovič||11. Prime Minister of Egypt Hesham Qandil|
|12. Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani||12. Prime Minister of Somalia Abdi Farah Shirdon|
|13. President of India Pranab Mukherjee||13. Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico|
|14. President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych||14. Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra|
|15. King of Norway Harald V||15. Prime Minister of South Korea Jung Hong-won|
|16. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev||16. Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif|
|17. Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri||17. Prime Minister of Romania Victor Ponta (2)|
|18. President of Benin Yayi Boni||18. Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif|
|19. President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto||19. Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban|
|20. President of Moldova Nicolae Timofti||20. Prime Minister of Tunisia Ali Laarayedh|
|21. President of the General National Congress of Libya Mohammed Magariaf|
Close Contacts with Prime Ministers and Ministers
Prime Minister Erdoğan discussed in detail not only the bilateral relations but also global and regional matters with the 20 prime ministers who visited Turkey during 2013. Moreover, certain joint ministerial cabinet meetings were also arranged. Prime Minister Erdoğan also met with many ministers and senior bureaucrats, among whom were John Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States; Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait; Safar Abiyev, Minister of Defense of Azerbaijan; Dr. Mohammed Magariaf, President of the General National Congress of Libya; Bakir Izzetbegovich, Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Salman Khurshid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of India; Carl Bildt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Mesud Barzani, President of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government.
Leaders of International Organizations also visited Turkey
In addition, Prime Minister Erdoğan hosted the leaders of international organizations as well. Among these leaders were Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy ; Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization; Herman Von Rompuy, President of the European Council; Nasser Abdulaziz Al Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations; Stefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy; Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank Group and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoğlu, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.