Anatolia news agency General Director Kemal Öztürk traveled to the Gulf states over the weekend to brief representatives of the state-run news agencies there about Anatolia's plans to begin reporting in Arabic to bolster cultural and social ties between Turkey and the Middle East region.
Öztürk went to the Gulf states at the invitation of officials of the state-run agencies, Anatolia reported on Sunday. As part of the visit, Öztürk met with representatives of Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya and Dubai TV and briefed them on Anatolia's new vision concerning regional reporting in Arabic and other projects on the 100th year of the institution. Öztürk also attended a TV program on CNBC Arabic to share the future vision of the Turkish agency with regard to the region.
During the visit Öztürk signed protocols with the Qatar news agency (QNA), the Kuwait news agency (KUNA) and the Abu Dhabi news agency (WAM) to bolster cooperation in broadcasting and reporting as the Arab Spring has sparked a new interest in Turkey about Middle Eastern countries and societies.
Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, which swept the Middle East and North Africa and cleared the way for the removal of authoritarian regimes, Arabs have turned to Turkey as they look for a model that is both Muslim and democratic.