According to a report posted by the Anadolu News agency on Monday, Ahmet Davutoğlu,
Foreign Minister, personally contacted all of the affected ambassadors to
inform them of the changes. They include the ambassadors to the Turkey USA, France,
Switzerland, Mali and the .
On hearing the news, Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Friends of Turkey Group, was one of many to express their sadness about Mr Çeviköz’s imminent departure. She said: “Ambassador Çeviköz has been an excellent ambassador for
respected by British Parliamentarians for the impressive way he has worked to
promote and bring greater understanding of Turkey
and its people in the .
We wish him and Mrs Emel Çeviköz well.” UK
The Turkish Embassy in
has yet to make a formal announcement on the changes or on when Mr Bilgiç will
take up his post. Born in 1963, Abdurrahman Bilgiç graduated from Ankara
University’s Faculty of Political Sciences and entered the Foreign Ministry
soon after in 1986. Among his overseas posts, the career diplomat has served in
London Turkey’s Munich Consulate
and briefly as ambassador to .
For the past three years he has been the undersecretary to MİT – Japan ’s
National Intelligence Organisation. Turkey