Ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit, which will be held in Japan and attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Presidency’s Directorate of Communications organized a panel titled “Turkish Foreign Policy in a Changing World – Countering Global Challenges and Regional Threats”.
The new leg of the “Turkey Talks”, a series of panels organized by the Presidency’s Directorate of Communications with the aim of active public diplomacy in the world was held in Japan's capital Tokyo.
The panel titled “Turkish Foreign Policy in a Changing World - Countering Global Challenges and Regional Threats” is of great importance due to its timing ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit to be held in Japan and attended by President Erdoğan.
Representatives of Japanese politics, academia, think tanks, media and non-governmental organizations showed interest in the panel, which was held at the Office of Yunus Emre Institute in Tokyo.
Member of the Presidency’s Security and Foreign Policies Council and Lecturer at Social Sciences University of Ankara Prof. Mehmet Akif Kireçci, Denizli Deputy and Former Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yıldız, SETA Washington DC Research Director Dr. Kılıç̧ Buğra KANAT and Institute of Developing Economy and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Representative Dr. Yasushi Hazama were the speakers of the panel which was moderated by Former Head of Sasakawa Foundation’s Turkey Desk, academician Dr. Akira Matsunaga.
During the panel, Turkey’s foreign policy in a changing world order was as well as ways to counter global challenges and regional threats were discussed.
Cultural and historical ties between Turkey and Japan were underlined, and an emphasis was made on the goal of further improving relations between the two friendly countries.
Furthermore, the strategic importance of the cooperation between Turkey and Japan, although geographically remote, for global cooperation was raised. In this context, G20 Summit to be hosted by Japan this week has been referred to as a significant opportunity for both countries.
After the panel, a meeting was held with opinion leaders from the Turkish community living in Tokyo. Turkish delegation is scheduled to meet the representatives of Japanese newspaper Nikkei at a round table meeting tomorrow.