Turkish Foreign Ministry recruits Kurdish Diplomats
Following the changes made in the police of Turkey toward Kurds and after the attempts made for promoting peace process between Turkey and Kurds, the Turkish government has started taking practical steps.
According to Press Turk website, Turkey’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has appointed ten Kurdish diplomats as the government representative in the Kurdish areas.
The Foreign Ministry is looking for Kurdish-speaking personnel to appoint as diplomats to regions where the Kurdish language is spo- ken, such as northern Iraq. These individuals not only have to speak an advanced level of English, French or German but also must speak Kurdish.
The ministry has already recruited 10 people whose mother tongue is Kurdish in the last year. Now, these 10 individuals are undergoing an educational program necessary for personnel before being appointed as diplomats. This education program will end in January 2014, and they will be appointed to their posts by the Foreign Ministry.
Some of these 10 candidate diplomats will be sent to the Foreign Ministry's Middle East office. The ministry will continue to recruit Kurdish-speaking personnel in the coming years.
Speaking French, German or English is no longer sufficient for diplomats, now the ministry is looking for other qualifications. They should know one of Arabic, Bulgarian, Serbian, Hebrew, Chinese and Japanese as a second foreign language. This is thought to facilitate the establishment of stronger bilateral relations.