Turkey’s woman diplomats shape relations with Africa

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Turkey, which strengthens its diplomatic relations with Africa every year and is among the countries with the highest number of diplomatic representations on the continent, has female ambassadors overseeing 15 of the 43 embassies opened in African countries.

Woman ambassadors, who work in different capitals of the continent from Ethiopia to Sierra Leone, South Africa to Togo, not only improve diplomatic relations between states but also contribute to cultural and humanitarian relations between peoples.

Nur Sağman is the director-general of West and Central Africa within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Elif Çomoğlu Ülgen, who previously served as ambassador to Pretoria, is the deputy director-general for East and South Africa.

In the East and South Africa region, Ambassador Yaprak Alp to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Ambassador Burcu Çevik to Kigali (Rwanda), Ambassador Serap Ataay to Bujumbura (Burundi), Ambassador İstem Cırcıroğlu to Lusaka (Zambia), Ambassador Ayşegül Kandaş to Pretoria (South Africa), Ambassador Meltem Büyükkarakaş to Gaborone (Botswana) and Ambassador Berin Makbule Tulun to Windhoek (Namibia) represent Turkey.

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