Foreign Ministry to recruit more Kurdish-speaking diplomats

“Speaking French, German or English is no longer sufficient for diplomats. We are looking for other qualifications. They should know one of Arabic, Bulgarian, Serbian, Hebrew, Chinese and Japanese as a second foreign language," said an official.

Foreign Ministry to recruit more Kurdish-speaking diplomats

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has reportedly been looking for Kurdish-speaking personnel to appoint to regions where Kurdish is spoken.

According to a report in the Akşam daily on Friday, the Foreign Ministry is looking for Kurdish-speaking personnel to appoint as diplomats to regions where the Kurdish language is spoken, 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. An official from the Foreign Ministry who spoke to Akşam said the ministry will continue to recruit Kurdish-speaking personnel in the coming years, adding: “Speaking French, German or English is no longer sufficient for diplomats. We are looking for other qualifications. They should know one of Arabic, Bulgarian, Serbian, Hebrew, Chinese and Japanese as a second foreign language. This will facilitate the establishment of stronger bilateral relations.”

Last Mod: 27 Temmuz 2013, 14:17
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