Dr. Halit Eren, Director General of IRCICA, paid a courtesy visit to Prof. Dr. Emrullah İşler, the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, on 3 January 2014. Dr. Halit Eren congratulated Prof. İşler on his appointment. He also briefed Prof. İşler on the activities and future plans of IRCICA. İşler and Eren are both founding members of the International Turkish-Arab Dialogue Platform and have been collaborating in this context, most recently at the Platform’s Istanbul meeting on 3-4 October 2013. Furthermore Deputy Prime Minister İşler is in charge among others, of two of the Turkish governmental institutions IRCICA cooperates with, namely TİKA (Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency) and the Presidency of Turks Abroad and Relative Communities.