Büyükelçilik Tarihi ve Önceki Büyükelçilerimiz

Britain is one of the first countries with which the Ottoman Empire established regular diplomatic relations. In 1579, Queen Elizabeth I and Sultan Murat III exchanged letters on how the English merchants could benefit from the capitulations granted by the Ottoman Empire. William Harborne, English businessman who was accepted in Istanbul by the Sultan to present Her Excellency’s gifts, was the first envoy of England to the Ottoman Empire. He assumed his duties as the resident ambassador in Istanbul in 1583.

The Ottoman Empire appointed its first resident envoys to Europe at the end of the 18th century with a view to following the developments in Europe. The first of these ambassadors, Yusuf Agâh Efendi, was posted in London in 1793. There has been a Turkish diplomatic mission in London since then. However, diplomatic relations between the Ottoman Empire and England was suspended in 1914 following the break out of the World War I. After the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in October 1923, diplomatic relations were established on September 2, 1924.

Important dates in the Embassy history

1793 : The first resident embassy of the Ottoman Empire in London was opened.

July 1867 : Sultan Abdulaziz visited London.

1901 : Embassy moved from 1 Bryanston Square to 69 Portland Place

1914 : Diplomatic relations were suspended due to WWI.

1924 : The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in London re-opened.

August 1, 1950 : Turkey applied for NATO membership when NATO had its headquarters in London.

1954 : Chancery moved to 43 Belgrave Square.

August 29, 1955 : London Conference on Cyprus was held.

February 17, 1959 : The plane carrying Turkish Prime Minister to England for the London Conference crashed near London.

February 19, 1959 : The Treaty of London on the future of the island Cyprus was signed.

November 1-8, 1967 : H.E. Cevdet Sunay, the President of Turkey visited London.

November 12-15, 1987 : H.E. Kenan Evren, the President of Turkey visited London

6-9 November 2010      : H.E. Abdullah Gül, the President of Turkey visited the UK (to receive Chatham House 2010 Prize)

20-24 November 2011   : H.E. Abdullah Gül, the PResident of Turkey paid a state visit the UK upon her Majesty theQueen’s invitation.

30-31 Mart 2011           : H.E. RecepTayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey visited the UK upon the Prime Minister Cameron's invitation 

26-28 Temmuz 2012   : H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey visited the UK in order to attend to the inauguration ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics

Yusuf Agah Efendi
Yusuf Agah Efendi

1/1/1793-1/1/1798

İsmail Ferruh Efendi
İsmail Ferruh Efendi

1/1/1798-1/1/1801

Argyropoulos Efendi
Argyropoulos Efendi

1/1/1801-1/1/1806

Sıdkı Efendi
Sıdkı Efendi

1/1/1806-1/1/1810

Ramadani Efendi
Ramadani Efendi

1/1/1810-1/1/1811

Jean de Mavroyani
Jean de Mavroyani

1/1/1811-1/1/1834

Namık Paşa
Namık Paşa

1/1/1834-1/1/1835

Nuri  Efendi
Nuri Efendi

1/1/1835-1/1/1836

Mustafa  Reşit Paşa
Mustafa Reşit Paşa

1/1/1836-1/1/1837

Sarım Paşa
Sarım Paşa

1/1/1837-1/1/1838

Ahmet Fethi Paşa
Ahmet Fethi Paşa

2/1/1838-4/1/1838

Mustafa  Reşit Paşa
Mustafa Reşit Paşa

4/1/1838-1/1/1839

Muhammed Şekip Efendi
Muhammed Şekip Efendi

1/1/1840-1/1/1842

Mehmet Emin Ali Paşa
Mehmet Emin Ali Paşa

1/1/1842-1/1/1845

Sarım Paşa
Sarım Paşa

1/1/1845-12/1/1845

Muhammed Şekip Efendi
Muhammed Şekip Efendi

1/31/1845-1/1/1846

Prens Kalimaki
Prens Kalimaki

1/1/1846-1/1/1848

Kıbrıslı Mehmet Paşa
Kıbrıslı Mehmet Paşa

1/1/1849-1/1/1850

Kostaki  Musurus Paşa
Kostaki Musurus Paşa

1/1/1851-1/1/1885

Rüstem Paşa
Rüstem Paşa

1/1/1885-1/1/1895

Kostaki  Antopulo Paşa
Kostaki Antopulo Paşa

1/1/1896-1/1/1902

Stefanaki  Musurus Paşa
Stefanaki Musurus Paşa

1/1/1903-1/1/1907

Rıfat Paşa
Rıfat Paşa

1/1/1907-1/1/1909

Tevfik Paşa
Tevfik Paşa

1/1/1909-1/1/1914

Yusuf Kemal Tengirşenk
Yusuf Kemal Tengirşenk

1/11/1924-9/1/1924

Zekai Apaydın
Zekai Apaydın

9/10/1924-6/1/1925

Ferit Tek
Ferit Tek

6/1/1925-6/1/1932

Münir Ertegün
Münir Ertegün

7/22/1932-3/1/1934

Ali Fethi Okyar
Ali Fethi Okyar

3/1/1934-1/1/1939

Dr. Tevfik Rüştü Aras
Dr. Tevfik Rüştü Aras

1/1/1939-3/1/1942

Rauf Orbay
Rauf Orbay

3/23/1942-4/1/1944

Ruşen Eşref Ünaydın
Ruşen Eşref Ünaydın

4/17/1944-11/8/1945

M. Cevat Açıkalın
M. Cevat Açıkalın

11/8/1945-3/1/1952

Hüseyin Ragıp Baydur
Hüseyin Ragıp Baydur

3/3/1952-2/26/1955

Suat Hayri Ürgüplü
Suat Hayri Ürgüplü

9/15/1955-5/1/1957

Muharrem Nuri Birgi
Muharrem Nuri Birgi

6/1/1957-8/4/1960

Feridun Cemal Erkin
Feridun Cemal Erkin

8/29/1960-3/28/1962

Kemal N. Kavur
Kemal N. Kavur

10/1/1962-11/4/1963

Zeki Kuneralp
Zeki Kuneralp

1/7/1964-7/4/1966

Ümit Haluk Bayülken
Ümit Haluk Bayülken

7/14/1966-7/26/1969

Zeki Kuneralp
Zeki Kuneralp

8/20/1969-10/27/1972

Turgut Menemencioğlu
Turgut Menemencioğlu

11/30/1972-8/16/1978

Vahap Aşiroğlu
Vahap Aşiroğlu

10/2/1978-7/13/1981

Rahmi Gümrükçüoğlu
Rahmi Gümrükçüoğlu

7/20/1981-12/27/1988

Nurver Nureş
Nurver Nureş

1/15/1989-9/27/1991

Candemir Önhon
Candemir Önhon

9/30/1991-5/17/1995

Özden Sanberk
Özden Sanberk

5/1/1995-3/1/2000

Korkmaz Haktanır
Korkmaz Haktanır

4/1/2000-12/1/2002

Akın Alptuna
Akın Alptuna

2/1/2003-5/1/2007

Mehmet Yiğit Alpogan
Mehmet Yiğit Alpogan

7/21/2007-6/26/2010

Ahmet Ünal Çeviköz
Ahmet Ünal Çeviköz

7/15/2010-6/28/2014

Abdurrahman Bilgiç
Abdurrahman Bilgiç

7/8/2014-9/26/2018

Ümit Yalçın
Ümit Yalçın

9/27/2018-

Ümit Yalçın
Ümit Yalçın

9/27/2018-

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