Posted 21.06.2012 07:32:15 UTC
Updated 21.06.2012 07:32:15 UTC
Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan attended the opening session in which UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon delivered the keynote speech.
Following the opening session the Turkish prime minister met with the president of France which Turkey has stranded ties for a long time.
The two leaders met for a first time after François Hollande was elected as the president of the country.
Prime Minister Erdoğan congratulated Hollande on his election victory.
Softening of the tense bilateral relations was on the agenda of the meeting.
The meeting that lasted 40 minutes is also evaluated as a sign heralding a new phase in the Turkish-French ties.
Besides bilateral relations, regional developments, primarily the Syrian issue, are anticipated to have been taken up.
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will address the Rio20 Summit at a session titled "Least developed countries and Rio20".
Mr. Erdoğan will return to Turkey on Thursday night.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), which is currently taking place in Brazil, intends to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
The Conference is being participated in at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government.