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Press Release Regarding The Appointment Of The Ambassador Hüseyin Diriöz To The Nato Assistant Secretary , 16.07.2010

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has informed H.E. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Foreign Minister of Turkey, that Ambassador Hüseyin Diriöz, currently Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Republic of Turkey, has been appointed to the post of NATO Assistant Secretary General (ASG) for Defence Policy and Planning.

The need for the fair and balanced allocation of high level posts in NATO among Allies was one of the topics that we had emphasized during the appointment process of Secretary General Rasmussen. Through the election of Ambassador Diriöz as ASG, our expectation in this regard has been met.

As a result of this appointment, a Turkish citizen will assume the post of Assistant Secretary General, after a lapse of more than 30 years. The election of Ambassador Diriöz, who has previously served on the International Secretariat at NATO and has comprehensive knowledge of the topics currently on NATO’s agenda, will further strengthen our contributions to NATO.