Foreign Ministry reshuffle takes effect
ANKARAA decree concerning new appointments for around 20 ambassadorial posts at the Foreign Ministry, which includes missions in key capitals such as Beijing, Baghdad, Islamabad and Doha, has taken effect as the related Cabinet decision was published in the Official Gazette on Aug. 23.
According to the decree, Deputy Director-General Ali Murat Ersoy is to replace Turkey’s current Ambassador to China Murat Salim Esenli; Faruk Kaymakçı, the First Class Consul in the Consulate-General in Basra, will move to the capital city of Baghdad in order to replace Ambassador Yunus Demirer; Deputy Director-General Sadık Babür Girgin is to replace Turkey’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Babür Hızlan; and Ahmet Demirok, the First Class Consul in the Consulate-General in London will replace Turkey’s Ambassador to Qatar Hakkı Emre Yunt.
While Ambassador and Director-General Kaya Türkmen is posted to Stockholm as ambassador, Deputy Director-General Naciye Gökçen Kaya is to become Turkey’s new Ambassador in Chile.
Ambassador and Deputy Undersecretary Hasan Göğüş is to represent Turkey in the Austrian capital of Vienna in order to replace Ayşe Sezgin; Sezgin, also a former deputy undersecretary is to become Turkey’s new Ambassador to Malta.
Turkey’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ahmet Muhtar Gün is posted to the headquarters in Ankara.
Although not having been listed in this decree, Turkey’s Ambassador to Iraq Yunus Demirer, who is posted to the headquarters with this decree, is expected to be posted to Riyadh in an upcoming decree.