On Thursday, diplomatic sources said that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu had nominated several new ambassadors and permanent representatives to Türkiye’s’ diplomatic posts overseas.
Sakir Ozkan Torunlar has been chosen as the next Turkish ambassador to Tel Aviv amid the rehabilitation of relations between Türkiye and Israel.
The Israeli cabinet accepted Irit Lillian’s nomination as the next ambassador to Türkiye last week.
After a four-year break, Türkiye and Israel agreed in August to re-establish full diplomatic ties and install ambassadors and consuls general.
In addition, Turkish Vice Foreign Minister Sedat Onal has been appointed as the country’s next permanent representative to the United Nations. Türkiye’s next permanent representative to the European Union is Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakçi, who also serves as the ministry’s director for EU Affairs, will be named Türkiye’s next permanent representative to the European Union.
The director of the ministry’s General Directorate for the Americas, Zeki Levent Gumrukcu, has been appointed permanent representative to NATO, while Ambassador Nurdan Bayraktar Golder has been appointed permanent representative to the Council of Europe. Çavuşoğlu’s special adviser, Koray Ertas has been named ambassador to London, while Çağatay Erciyes has been appointed ambassador to Athens.
The ministry’s director-general for Syria, Selçuk Unal, was appointed ambassador to The Hague, Netherlands, while Nur Sagman was appointed ambassador to Dakar, Senegal. Murat Karagoz, director-general of information at the ministry, and Erdem Ozan, ambassador to Lisbon, Portugal, and Amman, Jordan, respectively.
Ufuk Ulutas, the director of the ministry’s Center for Strategic Research, has been named ambassador to the Vatican, while Cenk Uraz has been named ambassador to the East African republic of Djibouti. Baris Tantekin to Vilnius, Lithuania; Gulin Dinç to Oslo, Norway; Berk Baran to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Erdeniz Sen to Valletta, Malta; Engin Yurur to Luxembourg; Ufuk Gezer to Canberra, Australia; and Baris Kalkavan to Podgorica, Montenegro.
Mustafa Kapucu was also appointed ambassador to Astana, Kazakhstan; Halil Ibrahim Akca to Brasilia, Brazil; Fatih Ak to Kampala, Uganda; Hicabi Kirlangic to Tehran; Ozgur Kivanç Altan to Bucharest; Mesut Koç to Cotonou, Benin; Talip Kucukcan to Jakarta; Esra Demir to Ottawa; Metin Feyzioğlu to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; Mehmet Raif Karaca.