By Faruk Tokat
TAIPEI (AA) – Anadolu Agency signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Taiwan’s official Central News Agency (CNA), paving the way for enhanced cooperation.
The signing ceremony in Taipei was attended by Anadolu Agency’s Deputy Director General Mustafa Ozkaya and International News Editor-in-Chief Faruk Tokat, as well as CNA President Fan Hsiang-lin and Vice President Neil Lu.
“Today is an important day for AA and CNA. The memorandum of understanding signed between the two agencies will allow access to each other’s news, photos and videos,” Ozkaya said.
“Agencies will now have faster and better access to news from Turkey and Taiwan,” he added. “AA is a news agency with the capability to publish news content in 11 different languages. It is believed that this MOU will produce quick results in terms of culture, arts, history, economy and tourism.”
Meanwhile, Fan underlined that the services provided by CNA for 92 years have made it Taiwan’s most productive news outlet, with its mission to grow and strengthen relations with international news agencies.
Expressing his understanding that Turkey is a bridge between Asia and Europe due to its rooted historic and cultural ties, Fan described Anadolu Agency as an important platform for reaching developments across the world.
Fan expressed optimism about the MOU and how it will allow the two sides to “share each other’s news, photos and images.”
Ozkaya also expressed hope that the deal would contribute to relations between Turkey and Taiwan, describing it as an opportunity to gain better access to news in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We thank the CNA board of executives and offer our respect because of the hospitality,” he said at the ceremony, which was also attended by Turkish Trade Office in Taipei representative Ismet Erikan and other officials.