New Adana consul takes on post
CİHAN photoLinda Specht, the new U.S. consul general to Adana, a southern Turkish province, has started her post, replacing John L. Espinoza, who had held the position for the last three years.
Specht was appointed from Washington and was the deputy director at the office of Pakistan Affairs.
In 2011 and 2012 she was the director of the office of Counter-Terrorism Finance and Sanctions Policy. In her diplomatic career, which started in 1989, she has carried out posts in Vietnam and Cameroon.
Doğan News Agency quoted consulate sources as saying Specht was excited to be in Turkey and to contribute to the good relations between the two countries.
Adana has a key importance in Turkey-U.S. ties, as the province is home to the İncirlik military base, from which the U.S. has been launching airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets.