An exhibition featuring works of Osman Hamdi Bey, founder of cultural heritage research in the Ottoman Empire, and Ara Guler, famous Turkish-Armenian photographer, was opened within Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) is currently being held in Turkey’s famed southern summer resort Belek.

ADF, organized under the auspices of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and hosted by foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, has included art activities.

A ‘Tunnel of Diplomacy,’ on which pictures revealing the significant historical diplomatic developments were reflected, was created within the ADF.

The tunnel included a platform on which works of Osman Hamdi Bey are reflected, and a section exhibits the photographs taken by Ara Guler.

Diplomacy meets art

Talking to Anadolu Agency, ADF’s co-coordinator, Gulsen Karanis Eksioglu, stressed that the forum is one of the projects that Mevlut Cavuoglu attributed most importance.

Nothing the presence of many political and economic forums, she noted that ADF fills a gap in diplomacy.

Particularly on the ‘Tunnel of Diplomacy,’ Eksioglu underlined that the 85 most significant developments shaped world history, including the Egyptian-Hittite Kadesh Treaty and recent meetings of Cavuoslu in Geneva.

Both our tunnel and the exhibition area will remain open for our guests throughout the forum. They need to spare about half an hour to watch all of them, she added.

The three-day Antalya Diplomacy Forum, with Anadolu Agency as its global communication partner, is hosting ten heads of state and government, 42 foreign ministers, three former heads of state and government, and more than 50 representatives of international organizations or former government officials, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Debates of global importance will be analyzed in-depth during the forum, including the Balkans, the future of Europe, trans-Atlantic relations, refugees and migrants, and the threat of terrorism. There will also be a session on Turkey’s proposal for an Eastern Mediterranean conference.

ANTALYA, TURKEY – JUNE 18: Works of Ottoman painter and archaeologist Osman Hamdi Bey and famous photojournalist Ara Guler are displayed at Diplomacy Tunnel exhibition at the Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) at NEST International Convention Center in Antalya, Turkey on June 18, 2021. ( Mustafa Çiftçi – Anadolu Agency )

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