The Foreign Ministry's Murat Özçelik, who has been serving as acting special envoy to Iraq, has officially been appointed to the post by Cabinet decision. The decision, approved by President Abdullah Gül, entered into force after being published in yesterday's Official Gazette.
The Cabinet decision defined Özçelik's job description as including the "coordination of all kinds of activities concerning contributions which can be made by our country to improve relations between Turkey and Iraq and for efforts being conducted to restructure Iraq." As part of his job Özçelik will also conduct necessary contacts with foreign countries and international institutions.
Ambassador Oğuz Çelikkol, Turkey's former special envoy to Iraq, has recently been posted to Athens as Turkey's ambassador to Greece. Özçelik was part of a Turkish delegation which recently paid a visit to Baghdad before Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's visit to Ankara last week.