ANTALYA, Turkey

Antalya Diplomacy Forum has seen a high turnout from the leaders and foreign ministers of different countries, with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu holding more than 50 bilateral meetings.

Cavusoglu so far held various meetings with participants, including with the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo Jean-Claude Gakosso, TRNC Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu as well as his Moldovan, Afghan and Malaysian counterparts, according to Turkish Foreign Ministry.

His bilateral meetings will continue over the second and third day of the forum, which kicked off on Friday afternoon.

Two dinners, one reception, and three cultural events were held at Antalya’s NEST Congress and Exhibition Center, located in a 16,000 m2 area.

The forum was attended by 256 young people in total, including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from more than 50 universities, and two youth forums were organized.

As the first international forum since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Antalya Diplomacy Forum has started with full compliance with coronavirus measures, with an average of 8,000 PCR tests being conducted every day.

Those participating have to undergo PCR tests at their hotels before they can enter the conference hall to discuss regional peace and cooperation issues.

Around 2,000 participants attended the prestigious forum.

The “diplomacy tunnel,” about events and people that are cornerstones of diplomacy in the history of Turkey and the world, has seen 85 chapters and a 6-minute video on loop.

A total of 1,500 photographs, each telling a different story, were used at the special exhibition at the convention center.

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