Kyrgyz delegation visits Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications

Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications hosted a delegation from Kyrgyzstan. The delegation included Kyrgyz journalists as well as state officials and received information from Deputy Director of Communications Assoc. Prof. Mehmet Zahid Sobacı and Executive Assistant Dr. Çağatay Özdemir on several issues, particularly the fight against FETO, regional developments as well as cooperation between countries.

Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications continues its efforts for international press members with the aim of providing accurate information for world public opinion about Turkey and preventing disinformation and perception management operations.

A delegation of 12 including Kyrgyz press members and state officials paid a visit to Turkish Presidency’s Directorate of Communications following prominent media representatives of Tunisia. During the visit coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with TIKA, Deputy Director of Communications Mehmet Zahid Sobacı and Executive Assistant Dr. Çağatay Özdemir hosted the delegation.

Commenting on the past, present and future course of bilateral relations, Assoc. Prof. Sobacı highlighted Turkey’s sensitivity about the fight against FETO and drew attention to the cooperation with Kyrgyzstan on this matter. Sobacı said Kyrgyz state, civil society and media should see the fight against FETO as an issue of national security just like Turkey. Ass. Prof. Sobacı also answered questions of journalists regarding the transfer of FETO schools named SABAT in Kyrgyzstan to Maarif (Education) Foundation and the 4th World Nomad Games scheduled to be held in Turkey in 2020.

Dr. Çağatay Özdemir said FETO threatened the national security of not only Turkey but also its allies, and thus posed a huge threat for Kyrgyzstan as a strategic ally. Özdemir warned against FETO’s efforts to undermine the relations between the two countries. Noting that the steps taken by Turkey and Kyrgyzstan would lead to a significant projection in Eurasia, Özdemir reiterated the importance of joint action.

Topics of media cooperation between the two countries as well as the establishment of joint platforms to further improve dialogue were also discussed.

As part of the program, Kyrgyz delegation will visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA), Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and ASELSAN in Ankara, and Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) and Maarif Foundation in İstanbul.