President Abdullah Gul of the Republic of Turkey cancelled his Friday noon talk on campus, an email sent by the University communications staff at 7:26 a.m. on Friday confirmed.
The lecture he was scheduled to give, titled “The World in Transition and Global Challenges Ahead: A Turkish Perspective,” was cancelled due to a change in the president’s schedule, according to University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua.
The cancellation of the lecture coincided with a Sept. 27 assassination attempt made on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose official motorcade reportedly came under fire while the prime minister’s security officers were scouting a travel route, according to the global intelligence firm Stratfor.
Gul gave an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24, where he stated that military action against Syria should only be taken as a last resort if diplomatic efforts to convince President Bashar al-Assad to surrender chemical weapons prove unsuccessful. He appeared on the “Fareed Zakaria GPS” program on CNN stating that “military action is the last resort” and made similar remarks in an interview with Foreign Affairs magazine.
Gul’s campus lecture was to be co-sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies.