Turkey's minister of foreign affairs said on Tuesday that media organs were important actors for public diplomacy.
Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu attended the "Turkish-Speaking Countries Media Forum", jointly organized by Turkey's Directorate General of Press & Information and Turkish Foreign Ministry's Center for Strategic Research, in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
Speaking at the opening of the forum, Davutoglu underscored the importance of public diplomacy.
"Today, diplomacy is no longer a series of negotiations carried out by diplomats behind closed doors or in wide conference rooms. New diplomacy fields are rising nowadays," he said.
Describing public diplomacy as one of such fields, Davutoglu said media organs were important actors for public diplomacy.
The minister said, no matter what kind of decisions were taken by political leaders and how successfully diplomats implemented such decisions, those decisions could not gain respectability in public unless a healthy public diplomacy was launched.
Davutoglu said that media organs were responsible for creating the perception of a positive and friendly atmosphere between countries.
The minister also noted that press should be institutionalized and freedom of press should become widespread in the Turkic world.
Expressing the importance of a strong press culture and presence of a powerful media, Davutoglu said Turkish media should have a stronger position in the world as Turkey currently had an effective global position in terms of economy, diplomacy and energy.