The Postponement of ‘‘Antalya Diplomacy Forum’’

As part of a statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: As is known, the “Antalya Diplomacy Forum” was planned to be held on 27-29 March 2020 under the patronage of H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Major progress has been achieved so far regarding the preparations of the Forum, which attracted great interest from Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and representatives of international organizations, as well as academics, business world and non-governmental organizations. Furthermore, high level attendance confirmations have been received as well.

On the other hand, due to the increase in the number of countries where the new type of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has been observed recently, the World Health Organization has increased its risk assessment  for the Covid-19 outbreak to the level of "very high"; the European Union has also raised the level of its risk assessment. In the face of this situation, together with international meetings to be organized by the UN and the EU, cultural, sports and economic activities with broad participation are also being canceled or postponed.

In this respect, although no cases have been encountered in Turkey so far, it has been found appropriate to postpone the “Antalya Diplomacy Forum” to a later date, taking into account the recommendations of the World Health Organization and other relevant authorities, in terms of events to be celebrated  in the future.