The newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Hakan Fidan, officially took over from his predecessor Mevlut Cavusoglu today, and during the day he received congratulations from colleagues from numerous countries, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, reports Anadolia.
State Department Head Blinken said in a tweet that he looks forward to continuing to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey as an important NATO ally and partner.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov also congratulated Fidan and wished him “a lot of success in this honorable position”. Bayramov expressed his belief that the bonds of brotherhood and alliance between Azerbaijan and Turkey will be further strengthened.
Bayramov and Fidan spoke by phone and exchanged views on various aspects of bilateral relations and regional issues, and Bayramov invited Fidan to visit Azerbaijan.
Joining in the congratulations, Estonian Margus Tsahkna emphasized the alliance between his country and Turkey. Tsahkna wrote that Turkiye is an ally with whom he is happy to cooperate.
The head of French diplomacy Catherine Colonna sent similar congratulations to the new Turkish colleague Fidan.
“See you soon to continue French-Turkish cooperation and strengthen peace and regional stability, global issues, dialogue in NATO,” she said.
Andriy Yermak, the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, expressed his gratitude to the former head of the Turkish intelligence service, and now the new head of Turkish diplomacy, Fidan, for his commitment to the establishment of lasting peace in the region. Yermak emphasized their close friendship and Ukraine’s strong ties with Turkey.
“We look forward to joint work and further development of the strategic partnership between our two friendly nations,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
Similarly, Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom congratulated Fidan and expressed his expectation of good cooperation between their countries.
Bruno Rodriguez from Cuba was also among Fidano’s colleagues who sent their congratulations.
“I express my hearty congratulations and wishes for success in his new duties to Hakan Fidan, on the occasion of his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. I reaffirm my readiness to continue strengthening ties of friendship and cooperation between the two peoples,” Rodriguez said on Twitter.
Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani emphasized the friendly relations between Rome and Ankara, as well as the strategic partnership of the two countries in NATO and the Mediterranean in a message to Hakan Fidan on the occasion of his appointment as Turkey’s new foreign minister.
Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Malaysian Foreign Minister Zambry Abd Kadir,
Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also congratulated the new Turkish counterpart Fidan.
Congratulating Fidan on his appointment, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said he was looking forward to their meeting common challenges.
“I congratulate Hakan Fidan on his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, looking forward to our future cooperation that confirms our strong relations between Croatia and Turkey,” Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman announced on Twitter.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also congratulated Fidan.
“I am counting on you and I look forward to cooperating with you in order to improve Turkish-German relations and solve the great challenges we are facing as partners in these difficult times,” said Baerbock.
Congratulating Fidan on his appointment, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said he looked forward to “continuing the close EU-Turkey partnership and working together”.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also congratulated Fidan on his appointment.
“Turkey and the UK are fighting terrorist threats and working side by side in NATO. I look forward to working together and deepening our friendship,” said Cleverly.
Richard Moore, the head of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency (MI6) and former ambassador to Turkey, also sent his congratulations to Fidan on Twitter.
“I wish my friend and former colleague success in his new position. Congratulations and good luck, Minister!” said Moore.
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