Report – In-House Meeting with “Turkish Media Delegation”


A 22-member media delegation from Turkey visited Institute of Strategic Studies (ISSI) on September 16, 2019 to exchange views on issues of mutual interest. Members of the delegation included Prof. Dr. Halil Toker, Professor at Urdu Department, Istanbul University, Prof. Dr. Muhammet Savaş Kafkasyali, President, SDE (Institute of Strategic Thinking), Mr. Gokhan Gokce, Head of Planning, TRT World, Mr. Cemal Demir, President, GASAM (South Asia Strategic Research Center), Mr. Ogun Duru, Foreign News Editor, Anadolu Agency, Ms. Deniz Kilislioğlu, Senior Correspondent, NTV, Mr. Sinan Tavukcu, Vice President, SDE (Institute of Strategic Thinking), Ms. Ismihan Yilmaz, Investigative Department, TRT World, Mr. Atif Ozbey, Coordinator, Kanal 5, Mr. Ismail Eray Çelebi, Ankara Representative, UlusalKanal, Ms. Sevil Erkuş, Diplomatic Correspondent, Hurriyet Daily News / Hurriyet, Mr. Ridvan Tezel, Ankara News Editor, Milliyet, Ms. Iklim Öngel, Ankara News Editor ,Cumhuriyet, Mr. Yasir Emre, Group Leader, Special News, TürkMedyaDijital, Mr. Burak Erdem Çelik, Diplomatic Correspondent, Sabah, Mr. Yahya Kurtkaya, Correspondent, TRT Haber, Mr. Muhammed Vefa Özalp, Correspondent, Milli Gazette / TV 5, Mr. Riza Yasar, Anchorperson, On 4 TV, Mr. Mehmet Şakir Saraç, Correspondent, Yeni Safak, Mr. Aykut Olgun, Cameraman, TRT Haber, Mr. Behlul Cetinkaya, Anadolu News Agency, Islamabad Station, and Ms. Merve Sebnem, Columnist, Daily Sabah.

While welcoming the guests, Director General ISSI, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, said that the world is changing very rapidly as focus is being shifted towards Asia. Today, United States and China are in competition which President Trump also, at times, calls rivalry. US has launched an Indo-Pacific strategy and wants India to play an active role as a counter weight to China. Pakistan and China are very close to each other and therefore, a new kind of alignment is emerging where China and Pakistan are on one side, whereas US and India are on the other. Pakistan, he said, want to have good relations with both China and US.

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