Tag: diplomat

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Turkey pulls back from expelling 10 ambassadors over comments on Osman Kavala case

A major diplomatic crisis involving the ambassadors of ten countries in Ankara has been averted. The ambassadors had been threatened with expulsion from Turkey after making a critical statement about jailed businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had declared the ambassadors of Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, […]

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Introducing Elin Suleymanov: Azerbaijan’s new ambassador in London

In July of this year Tahir Taghizadeh, Azerbaijan’s popular and long-serving ambassador to London, departed Britain. His successor, Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, arrived the following month ready to take up his new duties as the Ambassador of Azerbaijan at the Court of St. James’s. Prior to his London appointment, Ambassador Suleymanov spent 16 years in the […]

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Is KKTC Istanbul the coolest diplomatic Instagram account in the world?

“Curated by TRNC Consulate General in İstanbul” reads the bio for KKTCIstanbul, the arts and cultural Instagram account of the Istanbul Consulate for the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC). Running since the summer of 2020, KKTCIstanbul’s 132 posts to date are a visual feast of Turkish Cypriot life, past and present. A cursory glance […]

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Ambassador Çimen Keskin announced as new TRNC London Representative

The speculation about who will take over from veteran Turkish Cypriot diplomat Ambassador Oya Tuncalı when she completes her term as the London Representative this summer is over. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has announced that Ambassador Çimen Keskin will become the new London Representative of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC). She […]

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Turkish Cypriots’ first UK ambassador Ahmet Gazioğlu dies

Ahmet Cemal Gazioğlu, who represented Turkish Cypriots in Britain after the collapse of the power-sharing Republic of Cyprus, has died aged 89. The researcher, journalist and author passed away on Friday, 4 September, and was laid to rest in Lefkoşa Municipal Cemetery this morning. The one-time advisor to Rauf Raif Denktaş, the founding President of […]

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Chinese ambassador slammed for praising Greek Cypriot terror group EOKA

Turkish Cypriots have criticised the Chinese ambassador to Cyprus for his “deeply offensive” comments about EOKA, a Greek Cypriot paramilitary organisation responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people. Ambassador Huang Xingyuan took to Twitter yesterday, 1stApril, to praise EOKA on the 65th anniversary of the start of its murderous campaign, which killed over 450 British, […]

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We Remember: Turkey’s trailblazing diplomat Filiz Dinçmen

Today, 24 July, Filiz Dinçmen – Turkey’s first female Turkish ambassador – turns 80. She made history when she was appointed to The Netherlands in 1982, serving at the Turkish Embassy in The Hague for two years. For her last diplomatic mission, Dinçmen again broke new ground when she became the first female Muslim ambassador […]

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All change as Turkey appoints new ambassadors to London, Canberra and Lefkoşa

  Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has announced changes to a host of overseas diplomatic posts. New ambassadors were named for London, Moscow, Athens, Lefkoşa, and the European Union. First announced in August and confirmed again on Thursday is the news that Ambassador Ümit Yalçın is replacing Ambassador Abdurrahman Bilgiç in London. Bilgiç has served […]

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How a Turkish ambassador broke the race barrier in segregated America

Last week, a lesser known but important story broke on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It involved Turkish ambassador Münir Ertegün, who served in the United States of America between 1934 and 1944, a time when racial segregation was the norm for Americans. At the turn of the twentieth century, although slavery had been abolished, […]