Istanbul summit at Zapsu’s house

Istanbul summit at Zapsu’s house

March, 22 2004

Hürriyet / Mürteza Akkaya

Businessman Cuneyd Zapsu, close friend and personal consultant of Prime Minister Erdoğan, brought together Kadir Topbaş, the Metropolitan Mayor of Istanbul of AKP, with the leading names of the business world during a dinner that he hosted at his villa last night.

Who attended the summit?

Here is who attended the dinner party which Prime Minister Erdoğan attended at 9.30 pm from the business world: Because he was abroad, Mustafa Koç could not make it to his invitation to the dinner party which was attended by Tuncay Özilhan, Ferit Şahenk, Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ, Sakıp Sabancı, Eren İnönü, Can Peker, Mehmet Cansun, Cem Kozlu, Ömer Sabancı, Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Mehmet Emin Karamehmet, Oğuz Satıcı, Ali Kibar, Ersin Özince, Turgay Ciner, Halit Narin, Ahmet Nazif Zorlu, Adnan Polat, Aldo Koslowski, Ali Çavuşoğlu, Feyyaz Berker, İbrahim Bodur, İshak Alaton, Münci İnci, Nurettin Çarmıklı, Aydın Coşar, Aziz Zapsu, Demir Sabancı, Emin Baran, AKP Istanbul Provincial Chairman Mehmet Müezzinoğlu.

The business world got together at AKP’s Founders’ Committee Member and personal consultant of Prime Minister Erdoğan, Cuneyd Zapsu’s house.

The dinner which Zapsu hosted in the honor of Kadir Topbaş, who is the AKP Beyoğlu Mayor of Istanbul and who is running for Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor, took place at his house at the Sarıyer Alsit Villas. The dinner agenda consisted of the Metropolitan Mayor candidate Topbaş’s projects about Istanbul, and the businessmen started arriving at Zapsu’s villa as of 7 pm.

Cuneyd Zapsu, who hosted about 30 businessmen at his house in the honor of Topbaş, is known as the person who introduced Tayyip Erdoğan with TÜSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association). Zapsu, who brought together Erdoğan with TÜSİAD again with a dinner that he hosted at his house during a time when Erdoğan set out to found AKP, is a close friend of Erdoğan’s and his personal consultant.

Zapsu, who was being mentioned for Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor candidacy at one stage, asked for support for Topbaş from the businessmen with the dinner that he hosted with Prime Minister Erdoğan.


Kadir Topbaş, who had a busy schedule due to the elections, continues to visit the organizations of the business world. Having visited the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO), Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) and the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MUSIAD) in the previous days, Topbaş will get together with the TÜSİAD members today. Topbaş will visit TÜSİAD’s headquarters in Tepebaşı, and have breakfast with the members of TÜSİAD board of directors under the presidency of Ömer Sabancı. Topbaş, who visits certain businessmen organizations in Istanbul within the scope of the election campaign, will also get together with the International Investors Association (YASED) this week.