Turkey names consul general to Arbil

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has named a young diplomat, Aydın Selcen, as its first »»
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has named a young diplomat, Aydın Selcen, as its first ever consul general in Arbil, the de facto capital of the Kurdistan regional administration in northern Iraq, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

Selcen, who had served as chargé d’affaires of the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad in 2005-2006, most recently served at the Turkish Embassy in Washington before returning to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara a short time ago. Before being posted to Washington, Selcen worked closely with Turkey’s current Ambassador to Iraq Murat Özçelik, who was Turkey’s special envoy to Iraq before being posted to Baghdad in the first half of 2008.

The Iraqi Cabinet approved the opening of a Turkish consulate general in Arbil on Jan. 26.

In late October Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu paid a landmark visit to Arbil, the first by a Turkish foreign minister. Davutoğlu, who visited Basra earlier that day and opened a Turkish consulate there, stated in Arbil that Turkey would soon open a consulate there. Earlier in October, Turkey and Iraq signed 48 agreements on strategic cooperation in Baghdad.

Selcen and Özçelik will work in close coordination as the related Cabinet decision at the time defined Özçelik’s job description as including “coordination of all kinds of activities concerning contributions which can be made by our country to improve relations between Turkey and Iraq and for efforts being conducted to restructure Iraq.”

2010-03-06

Diplomacy