The panel "Turbulent Times in World Politics: Turkey and the UK" was held at Yunus Emre Cultural Centre in London.

Jointly established by the Office of the Prime Minister Directorate General of Press and Information (DGPI) and Sabah Newspaper with the aim of conveying the agenda of Turkey to the international community directly and accurately in the aftermath of July 15, Sabah Writers Club organize a series of panels, the last stop of which was London. Bilateral relations were discussed at the panel held in the capital of the United Kingdom.

Chief Advisor to the President and DGPI Director General Mehmet Akarca made the opening speech at the panel, which featured Sabah columnist Hilal Kaplan, Faculty Member of İstanbul Trade University Department of Politics and International Relations and SETA Strategic Researches Director Assoc. Prof. Hasan Basri Yalçın, and SETA Society and Media Researches Director İsmail Çağlar as speakers.

‘‘Coup attempt foiled by President Erdoğan’

Indicating Turkey was located on a favourable but dynamic territory, DGPI Director General said: “We are surrounded by wars and blood.”  

Underlining that a coup had been staged every 10 years since 1960, Akarca said: ‘‘During the coup of 1960, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Parliament and Minister of Foreign Affairs were executed. There were coups in 1971-1973 and in 1980 and there was also the period of February 28. On July 15, 2016 FETO members attempted to stage a coup. This coup attempt was foiled by President Erdoğan.”

‘‘UK was the first to support Turkey”

Highlighting the similarities between Turkey and the UK, Sabah Columnist Hilal Kaplan indicated the UK had been the first Western country to support Turkey after FETO’s coup attempt.

‘‘Turkey left alone by Western allies”

SETA Strategic Researches Director and Faculty Member of İstanbul Trade University Department of Politics and International Relations Assoc. Prof. Hasan Basri Yalçın said Turkey had been left alone by its Western allies in its stance to support public movements during Arab Spring.

After the panel, DGPI Director General attended the meeting organized by MUSIAD’S UK Branch and met with business people and journalists living in the UK.