No: 409, 31 December 2014, Press Release Regarding the Seventh Annual Ambassadors Conference

The Seventh Annual Ambassadors Conference will be held on 5-9 January, 2015, on the theme "New Turkey: Continuity and Change in Foreign Policy" under the chairmanship of H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey with the participation of all our Ambassadors serving at home and abroad.

The Conference will be inaugurated by Foreign Minister H.E.Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on January 5th with a speech on Turkish foreign policy following the visit to Atatürk's Mausoleum and the Martyrs' Cemetery of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the Ankara segment of the Conference, the Ambassadors will exchange views on current issues of our foreign policy agenda and they will hold panel meetings on various subjects cross-cutting with our foreign policy issues. Deputy prime ministers, ministers and senior officials from relevant institutions will take part in panel meetings. The Ambassadors will also be received by President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister H.E.Ahmet Davutoğlu, and H.E.Cemil Çiçek, Speaker of the Parliament.

As every year, foreign guests have been invited to the Conference to reinforce the international dimension of the event. In this context, Foreign Ministers of the Netherlands, Argentina and Nigeria as well as the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Director-General of UNESCO and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees are expected to address the Ambassadors.

After the Ankara segment, Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu and the Ambassadors will visit Çanakkale to pay tribute to our fallen soldiers on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Çanakkale Land and Sea Battles on January 9th, the last day of the Conference. This is in keeping with the tradition of finishing-off the Ambassadors Conference by visiting a city other than Ankara.

The Annual Ambassadors Conferences, are of great importance in terms of taking up the issues of our multifaceted foreign policy in all their aspects and to ensure more coordination as well. We pursue the principle of strengthening peace and stability in our region and beyond.