Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Turkey)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Turkish: Dışişleri Bakanlığı) is a government ministry of the Republic of Turkey, responsible for the nation's foreign policy and international relations. Established on 2 May 1920, its primary duties are administering diplomatic missions, negotiating international treaties and agreements, and representing the Republic of Turkey at the United Nations.[2] The ministry is headquartered in the Turkish capital of Ankara[3] and counts on more than 200 missions as embassies, permanent representation offices and consulates general, abroad.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Dışişleri Bakanlığı
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Statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in Embassy of Turkey, Washington, D.C.
Agency overview
Formed2 May 1920; 102 years ago (2 May 1920)
JurisdictionGovernment of Turkey
HeadquartersDr. Sadık Ahmet Cad.
Balgat, Ankara
Annual budget5.786.984.000 (2021)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Map of countries with Turkish diplomatic missions
USA-Turkey Joint Press at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

As of 2021, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains 235 diplomatic posts worldwide. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, appointed on 29 August 2014.[4]


Central OrganizationEdit

  • Directorate-Generals for Bilateral Political Affairs
    • Americas
    • Africa
      • East Africa
      • West Africa
    • East Asia and Southeast Asia
    • Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Caucasia
    • South Asia, Iraq and Iran
    • Syria
    • Middle East and North Africa

Overseas OrganizationEdit

Representative Offices inside TurkeyEdit

  • Istanbul Representative Office
  • Izmir Representative Office
  • Antalya Representative Office
  • Edirne Representative Office
  • Gaziantep Representative Office
  • Hatay Representative Office

Main issues regarding Ministry of Foreign AffairsEdit

Main Issues[5]
Cyprus Dispute
Turkey and the EU
Turkey's Security (NATO)
Controversy between Turkey and Armenia about the Events of 1915
Energy Issues
Water Issues
Environment Policy
The Turkish Straits
Resolution of Conflicts and Mediation
Arms Control and Disarmament
Turkish Citizens Living Abroad
Turkey’s Multilateral Transportation Policy
Human Rights
Turkey on Irregular Migration
Turkey on Trafficking in Human Beings
Combating Drugs
Combating Organized Crime
Combating Corruption
Turkey’s Humanitarian Assistance
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Turkey
Maritime Issues
The Alliance of Civilizations Initiative

Diplomatic missionsEdit

In 1793, the first permanent Turkish embassy was established by Ottoman Sultan Selim III in London.

Excluding Honorary Consulates, Turkey is represented through 236 official missions, of which 142 are embassies, 12 are permanent representations, 81 are Consulate Generals and two are trade offices. With 235 missions, Turkey ranks sixth in the world after China (276), United States (273), France (267), Japan (247) and Russia (242).

Of the 236 Turkish ambassadors in service as of March 2016, 37 are women.

International OrganizationsEdit

Republic of Turkey is a member of 26 international organizations. The contact between these organizations and Turkey is maintained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

List of International Organizations
Name of the International Organization Status of Republic of Turkey
Asia Cooperation Dialogue Member
African Union Observer Member
Black Sea Naval Force Member
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States Non-member, quartet meetings on UN General Assembly
Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia Member
Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Founding Member
Council of Europe Member
D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation Member
Economic Cooperation Organization Member
International Criminal Court Non-member, annual meetings attended by Turkish officials
Arab League Non-member, diplomatic relations between Arab League and Turkey
MIKTA Member
NATO Member
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Signatory
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Member
Union for the Mediterranean Member
United Nations Member
United Nations Department of Peace Operations Member
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Member
Organization of Turkic States Member
International Organization of Turkic Culture Member
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas Member
Organization of American States


Since 1989, the Ministry awards people and organizations that have demonstrated distinguished services.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ Brief History of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  4. ^ "CIA. Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments". Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  5. ^ "From Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Distinguished Service Award of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs". Retrieved 14 November 2022.

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