Turkish diplomat likely to be NATO’s deputy secretary general

January 26, 2010

Huseyin Dirioz

Ambassador Huseyin Dirioz, the top foreign policy aide to Turkish President Abdallah Gul, is likely to be appointed deputy secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Turkish sources said on Tuesday.

Dirioz is among four candidates seeking the position, but Ankara is optimistic that he will be chosen to the high position.

Turkey last year initially refused to back up the nomination of Anders Fogh Rasmussen for NATO’s top post, citing the attitudes of the former Danish prime minister in the management of the Prophet Mohammad cartoons crisis in 2005.

Rasmussen then refused to meet the ambassadors of several Muslim countries, including Turkey, to discuss the crisis caused by the printing of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten daily of cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad as a terrorist.

However, a compromise was reached with Turkey at the Kiel-Strasbourg NATO summit amid reports that it was promised a top position within NATO if it agreed to lift its objection. The summit was the first to be attended by US President Barack Obama.

 Turkey joined NATO in 1952.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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