Turkish PM to attend Davos summit

Davutoglu to be first Turkish PM to participate in World Economic Forum since 2009's 'one-minute' spat

Turkish PM to attend Davos summit

Ahmet Davutoglu is set to become the first Turkish prime minister to take part in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland since 2009.

Davutoglu will be the first Turkish prime minister to attend the forum since current president, then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, clashed publicly with Israeli president Shimon Peres in a debate.

The infamous “one-minute” spat made headlines after Erdogan walked out during a live discussion on Gaza, claiming he had not been given enough time to speak.

Sources close to the prime minister told The Anadolu Agency on Monday that Davutoglu will go to Davos on Jan. 22 and will be the sole speaker at a special session on Jan. 24.

The sources said that Davutoglu will attend the World Economic Forum as G20 Term President; Turkey is to host the G20 summit later this year.

Four key issues on the agenda for Davos 2015 are: growth and stability; society and security; innovation and industry; and crisis and cooperation in the world.

The forum has described the last 12 months as being “marked by deepening geopolitical fault-lines which jeopardize the era of economic expansion, integration and partnership that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.”

The World Economic Forum was founded in 1971 as an international institution committed to improving the state of the world through public-private cooperation.

Davutoglu is also set to visit Germany between Jan. 11-12 and the United Kingdom between Jan. 19, 20 and 21.

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