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South African Minister Pandor Elevates Diplomacy at Antalya Forum


In a bid to strengthen international relations and cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa, is set to participate in the prestigious 3rd Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF) in Antalya, Turkey. The event, slated from 1st to 3rd March 2024, will witness the convergence of global leaders, diplomats, and influencers to deliberate on pertinent issues under the theme ‘Advancing Diplomacy in Times of Turmoil’.

The focal point of Minister Pandor’s visit revolves around a pivotal bilateral meeting with Hakan Fidan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, providing an avenue to reinforce bilateral ties and explore mutual cooperation. This diplomatic exchange is a testament to South Africa’s commitment to fostering robust partnerships on the global stage.

Scheduled as a distinguished panelist, Minister Pandor will contribute her insights on ‘Understanding the Global South’ during a session on Saturday, 2nd March at 1:30 pm. This platform serves as a crucial avenue to amplify the voices of South Africa and other nations from the Global South, reflecting their unique perspectives and challenges in international discourse.

The Antalya Diplomacy Forum serves as a melting pot of ideas and strategies, attracting Heads of State, foreign ministers, diplomats, NGOs, media representatives, and business leaders from across the globe. Through engaging dialogues and collaborative efforts, participants aim to navigate through the complexities of contemporary diplomatic landscapes.

Among the diverse array of topics slated for discussion, the forum will delve into critical issues such as the Gaza Contact Group, Building Blocks for Permanent Peace in the Middle East, and Realizing the Potential of Africa. These deliberations underscore the forum’s commitment to addressing pressing global concerns and fostering sustainable solutions through diplomatic channels.

Furthermore, on the sidelines of the ADF, Madam Emine Erdogan, the First Lady of Turkey, will host a High-Level Session focusing on Women, Peace, and Security. This session exemplifies the forum’s inclusivity and recognition of the indispensable role of women in promoting peace and security on a global scale.

For South Africa, participation in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum signifies its proactive engagement in international affairs and its dedication to contributing constructively to global dialogue and cooperation. Minister Pandor’s presence underscores South Africa’s role as a prominent voice from the African continent, advocating for solidarity, peace, and prosperity on the world stage.

As South Africa continues to navigate its diplomatic journey, forums like the ADF serve as invaluable platforms for forging alliances, sharing perspectives, and charting a collective path towards a more peaceful and prosperous world. Minister Pandor’s participation not only strengthens South Africa’s diplomatic footprint but also reinforces its commitment to multilateralism and global cooperation.