Turkey’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan emphasized his message of advancing national foreign policies on his second day on Twitter.
“I handed over my position as head of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) to my brother Ibrahim Kal,” Fidan wrote, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Kalin’s appointment as Turkey’s new spy.
Expressing his “thanks” to Erdogan “for entrusting me with this task,” Fidan said, “We will further develop our national foreign policy vision in our long-established foreign office.”
Fidan’s first tweet echoed his first remarks to the media when he took over from Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, who led Turkey’s foreign diplomacy for nearly a decade.
Erdogan unveiled his new cabinet after attending swearing-in and inauguration ceremonies in parliament and the presidential complex in the capital, Ankara, respectively.
Foreign ministers from around the world congratulated Fidan on his appointment.
Fidan held key positions in foreign policy and security in state institutions.
He served as Deputy Undersecretary for Foreign Policy and Security at the Ministry of Prime Minister and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). In addition, he was a member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Special Representative of the Prime Minister and Special Representative of the President.
After briefly serving as its deputy undersecretary, Fidan was promoted to head of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) in 2010, where he presided over key periods such as the reconciliation process with the PKK terrorist group and the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt.