Turkey appoints new ambassadors to 13 countries, including UAE, Azerbaijan

Turkey has appointed new ambassadors to 13 countries, including allies Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates, according to a presidential decree published in the Official Gazette on Saturday.

The new appointments include Cengiz Kamil Firat to Poland, Burak Akçapar to Spain, Ahmet Sadık Doğan to Kyrgyzstan, Cahit Bağcı to Azerbaijan and Tugay Tunçer to the UAE and Fırat Sunel to India.

The presidential decree signed by Erdoğan also saw the appointment of new envoys to Poland, Myanmar, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The new appointment to Azerbaijan arrives amid increasing cooperationbetween the two countries following last year’s clashes in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where Turkish military support proved crucial to Azerbaijan reclaiming authority over the territory from Armenian-backed forces.

The new envoy to the country, Bağcı, is a former lawmaker with Erdoğan’s ruling and Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Tunçer, the new ambassador to UAE, another country with strong ties to Turkey, serves as thedeputy chief of mission at the Turkish Embassy to the United States.