The 55th Bilderberg Meeting began in Istanbul on Friday with the participation of leading figures from different countries.
Bilderberg is an annual conference of the global elite, the location of which changes every year.
The event gathers high level officials from the world business, politics and media circles. Issues such as new world order, Turkey, the Middle East, Europe, the United States, democracy and populism, prevention of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, information technologies and climate change will be discussed during the three-day meeting.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Sofia of Spain, Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium, Prime Minister Alfred Gusenbauer of Austria, Greek Greece National Economy & Finance Minister Yeoryios Alogoskoufis, former Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemao of Portugal, former Foreign Minister Michel Barnier of France, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt of Sweden, Finance Minister Anders Borg of Sweden, Foreign Trade Minister Frank Heemskerk of the Netherlands, Finance Minister Jyrki Katainen of Finland, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Agriculture Minister Christine Lagarde of France, Justice Minister Michael McDowell of Ireland, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Rodrigo De Rato, EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn and U.S. Ambassador to Ross Wilson are among foreign guests of the meeting. Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator Ali Babacan, former Foreign Minister Hikmet Cetin, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis, Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) Chairperson Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag, Koc Holding Executive Board President Mustafa Koc and Bogazici University Rector Prof. Dr. Ayse Soysal are in attendance at the meeting on behalf of Turkey.
Tight security measures have been taken in and around the Ritz Carlton Hotel, the venue of the meeting.
The meeting will end on June 3rd.
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