An Armenian, Daron Acemoglu, has been appointed Turkish Ambassador to France, a source in the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who addressed a conference, entitled, “Turkey’s policy in the modern world” organized by Wilton Park with the support of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, confirmed the appointment.
Davutoglu said Turkey will send an ambassador of Armenian origin to France. He said the person, who will be appointed as ambassador to France, is Turkish scientist of Armenian origin, Daron Acemoglu.
The nomination of the ambassador has already been approved by Prime Minister Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul. The new ambassador has asked for three months to complete his new study in economics.
Daron Acemoglu is a Turkish economist of Armenian origin. He is currently the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and winner of the 2005 John Bates Clark Medal. The economist was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize.
On March 3, Turkish State Council adopted decision allowing a Turkish citizen of Armenian origin Leo Suren Halepli to work for Turkey’s secretariat general for EU affairs.