It is a distinct honor for me to assume my duties as the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Washington, D.C. The privileged confidence I have been accorded by the governments of Turkey and the United States in this regard is a great source of pride and I am fully cognizant of the heavy responsibility associated with it.
The deep-rooted bonds of friendship, partnership and alliance with the United States constitute one of the most essential pillars of Turkish foreign policy. For over six decades, Turkey and the United States have been working together as staunch NATO allies and partners to support peace, freedom and democracy around the world. We proudly observe that our relations have been elevated to the level of a “model partnership”, as described by President Obama during his landmark visit to Turkey in 2009.
Our model partnership draws its strength from our commitment to universal values, common strategic interests and strong bonds of alliance spanning over six decades. During my tenure as the principal envoy of Turkey to the United States, I shall exert every effort to further advance this partnership and enhance the relations between our two peoples. In doing so, I will be guided by the support of the Turkish and American communities in pursuit of the collective success and happiness of our two nations. I will also endeavor to advance our common agenda for positive change on all regional and global issues of common interest.
As we continue to work together to promote security and stability around the globe and to counter many formidable challenges, ranging from the continuing threat of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery to frozen conflicts and issues relating to energy security, the strategic dimensions of our bilateral relationship continue to be as important as ever.
On behalf of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in the United States, I look forward to your continued support toward ever stronger relations between our two countries in every field.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to extend my best wishes for the health, happiness and prosperity of the American people and the Turkish-American community.