Turkish, Kurdish intellectuals to gather under Abant Platform in Iraq

Sociologists, political scientists, authors, and researchers will debate common cultural values and future, mutual dependence and opportunities, and future perspective.

Turkish, Kurdish intellectuals to gather under Abant Platform in Iraq

A Turkish platform will have a meeting in Iraq, executives said on Saturday.

The Abant Platform, a prominent discussion forum known for dealing with pressing issues challenging Turkey, will hold its second conference on the Kurdish issue in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on Feb. 15 and 16.

The theme of the meeting will be "seeking peace and future together", and it will last for two days.

The opening speech of the meeting will be given by the prime minister of the regional Kurdish administration, Nechirvan Barzani.

Sociologists, political scientists, authors, and researchers will debate common cultural values and future, mutual dependence and opportunities, and future perspective.

The two-day meeting will feature four sessions titled "Assessment of the Situation," "Common Cultural Values and the Future," "Mutual Dependence and Opportunities" and "Perspectives for the Future." Shirzad al-Najjar, an international law professor at Salahaddin University and counselor for higher education in the cabinet of the regional administration; Associate Professor İbrahim Kalın, chairman of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA)

In the meeting, around 100 participants are expected to particularly discuss relations between Turkey and the regional administration in north of Iraq.

The meeting is expected to end after a statement is released on Monday.

The Abant Platform has been gathering in Turkey since 1998. It also shares its experience with several other centers.

The platform held a meeting in Washington D.C. in April 2004 on "Islam, Democracy and Secularism: Turkey Experience" in cooperation with John Hopkins University; another one at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels with cooperation of Leuven University in December 2004. The meeting at the EP was on "Turkey's European Union (EU) Membership Process: Culture, Identity,Religion."

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